Two people were killed and two others are in hospital following a horrific crash in downtown Kamloops early Sunday morning.
The crash occurred at 1:40 a.m. at First Avenue and Battle Street, when a car carrying four people collided with a pickup truck. Battle Street is a two-way, east-west street with stop signs at First Avenue, which is a one-way hill with traffic going southbound, up the hill.
Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the driver of the pickup truck had left the scene of the crash by the time Mounties arrived.
“When officers arrived, they found two occupants of the car were already deceased,” Shelkie said, noting the other two people in the car were taken to hospital, with one in life-threatening condition and the other sustaining non-life threatening injuries.
As police continue their investigation on Sunday morning, First Avenue remains closed between Seymour and Nicola streets, while Battle Street is closed between Second Avenue and Lee Road.
“Due to the severity of this collision, our investigation could take most of the day,” Shelkie said.
Any witnesses to the crash, and anybody with information on the driver of the pickup truck, are asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.