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Couple on their way home to Prince Rupert die in car accident on Highway 16

She was wearing a red, three-quarter length down jacket, blue jeans, white runners and was carrying a backpack. Police say she may have been a nurse, or someone with formal medical training.
She was wearing a red, three-quarter length down jacket, blue jeans, white runners and was carrying a backpack. Police say she may have been a nurse, or someone with formal medical training. File / Global News

A couple on their way home to Prince Rupert died in a car accident late Sunday night.

Houston RCMP say foggy and icy road conditions played a factor in this tragic incident where the couple’s SUV collided with a pickup truck.

Police have now identified the couple as Barry Gerald Lecuyer, aged 49, and his wife, Terri Janna Lecuyer, aged 55.

The accident happened on Highway 16 about 18 km west of Houston at about 10 p.m.

When police arrived they learned that the Ford pickup truck was travelling eastbound when the SUV travelling westbound started spinning and lost control. Subsequently, the truck T-Boned the SUV as it spun into the oncoming eastbound lane.

The local Fire Department and BC ambulance services were also called. Barry and Terri were pronounced dead at the scene. The two occupants in the pickup truck were transported to the Bulkley Valley District Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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The Highway was closed for a number of hours as the scene was investigated by a Collision analyst and Smithers Traffic Services. It has since been reopened.

The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP continue to investigate these deaths.