Editor's note: This story originally stated three people had died in the crash, based on information from the RCMP. On Tuesday, police alerted media to the fact the youngest child is in critical condition in hospital and that two people perished in the crash.
Two members of an Alberta family are dead following a single-vehicle crash on Sunday south of Kamloops.
Emergency crews were called to a stretch of Highway 5A near Stump Lake, 30 kilometres south of Kamloops, at about 5:45 p.m. for a report of a single-vehicle accident.
Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said investigators believe a northbound car lost control on a curve and left the road, plunging down a steep embankment.
“The driver of the vehicle, a 47-year-old male, was deceased at the scene,” Shelkie said.
The two child passengers, ages eight and five, were rushed by paramedics to hospital, where the older child later succumbed to their injuries.
The younger child was last reported to be in critical condition in a Vancouver hospital.
Shelkie said the family was from Southern Alberta.
Snow was falling in the Kamloops area on Sunday night, but it’s not yet known whether weather played a role in the crash.
Nevertheless, Shelkie said the incident should serve as a reminder to drive safe.
“The RCMP would like to remind motorists to always drive defensively and cautiously,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing.