RCMP recover bodies of teens who died when car crashed into West Kootenay river

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The car plunged off the road Sunday afternoon and two of the four occupants of the vehicle have not been accounted for and are presumed dead – Mar 20, 2019

RCMP in British Columbia confirm two teenagers died when the car they were in slid off a road in southeastern B.C., and tumbled into a frigid river.

RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry said the Volkswagen Beetle was recovered Tuesday from the Pend Oreille River near Trail, about 600 kilometres east of Vancouver.

“Tragically, both missing teens were located deceased,” Badry said in an update posted on the RCMP website early Wednesday.

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“Conditions were difficult and the recovery operation took a significant amount of time to complete,” he said, adding BC Hydro assisted in lowering water levels in the Pend Oreille by reducing discharge from its dam upstream from the accident site.

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The crash happened Sunday when the Volkswagen carrying four people missed a curve along Seven Mile Dam Road, a paved road bordering the river.

Two females, the 18-year-old driver from Salmo and a 15-year-old front passenger from Warfield, managed to escape the sinking car but an 18-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy in the back seat were trapped.

Both teenaged victims were from Fruitvale, a village 16 kilometres east of Trail.

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Seven Mile Dam Road was ice and snow-free on Sunday and a cause remains under investigation, Badry said.

Anyone who saw the group of teens or the Volkswagen before the crash or witnessed it go into the river is urged to contact West Kootenay Traffic Services.

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