Two men die in fiery highway crash
Two men have died as a result of a fiery collision between two large trucks on the Kamloops-Merritt Highway (Highway 5A) on the night of Friday, Oct. 5.
The men were each driving a truck on the winding highway that connects Kamloops and Merritt through the rolling ranchland. Highway 5A is the secondary route to the Coquihalla Highway.
The 7 p.m. crash occurred about 40 kilometres south of Kamloops south of Stump Lake Ranch.
Police say a logging truck was travelling south and a truck carrying lime was heading north when the two vehicles crashed into each other, creating a fiery wreck that led to a grass fire starting nearby.
Fire crews managed to douse the fire.
One driver's body was discovered shortly after the accident. The second body was found on Saturday morning (Oct. 6).
Weather is not considered a factor as conditions in the area have been clear and dry for the past month. Friday's weather on the highway was sunny and warm.
The B.C. Coroner's Service and the RCMP are investigating. The identities of the two victims are not being released, pending notification of family.