UPDATE: The victims in the crash have been identified as a nine-year-old Ella Reese Hernandez, three-year-old Tyler Mollie Wong Hernandez and a 30-year-old woman.
Coquitlam RCMP say three people have died in a collision on Lougheed Highway Friday evening, including two children and a young woman.
Police told Global News three vehicles were involved in the crash that injured five people and killed three.
Officers confirmed the two children were travelling in one vehicle and the woman was in another.
The accident, which happened shortly before 6:30 p.m., caused the closure of Lougheed Highway in both directions between Pitt River Road and Como Lake Road.
The highway re-opened after being closed for much of Friday night as RCMP investigated the crash.
The victim’s identities have not yet been released.
Coquitlam RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Guilfoyle said the accident was a head-on collision and that it is too early to speculate on any factors that may have caused the crash.
“I just want to express the fact that this was such a tragedy… our hearts go out the families,” Guilfoyle said.
— With files from Jon Azpiri