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Fatal head-on collision in North Vancouver sets vehicle on fire, snarls traffic for hours

WATCH: Fatal Highway 1 crash in North Vancouver

Editors note: An earlier version of this story stated the collision occurred between a westbound pickup truck and an eastbound passenger vehicle. The passenger vehicle was actually travelling westbound and the pickup truck was travelling eastbound.

A horrific head-on collision between an eastbound pickup truck and a westbound passenger vehicle on Highway One in North Vancouver Saturday night snarled local traffic for hours.

It happened around 7 p.m. between the Lynn Valley Road and Mountain Highway exits.

The passenger vehicle Рa Modo Car Share rental car Рcaught fire, and several motorists tried to assist with putting out the flames and attempting to rescue the occupants. One of those occupants is thought to have died at the scene.

Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan
Photo by Shane MacKichan

A third vehicle was also involved in the multi-vehicle crash.

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According to the Ministry of Transportation, the driver of an SUV crossed into oncoming traffic in a construction area, where permanent barriers had been temporarily replaced with cones.

No specific word yet from RCMP on any other possible injuries to the other drivers or passengers involved, or what led to the crash.

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RCMP closed Highway One in both directions from Lynn Valley Road to Mountain Highway into the early hours of Sunday morning.

The highway has since been re-opened as of approximately 1:30 Sunday morning.

The collision occurred in an area where there are temporarily no concrete center dividers, due to construction on the new overpass.

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