There has been an unexpected twist in a single-vehicle crash that left three people dead Tuesday morning.
According to Surrey RCMP, it happened around 10:30 a.m. on the 32 Avenue Diversion under the Highway 99 overpass.
Now, police say the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct of the case, and will be working with Surrey Mounties and the Criminal Collision Investigation Team.
Police say the area surrounding the crash scene has been cordoned off and will remain so for a significant amount of time. Investigators say they have also identified a second “scene of interest.”
Investigators are keeping tight lipped about what prompted the call to the homicide team, but IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang said something about the crash didn’t add up.
“When officers attended the scene, when they observed the overall scene — so inside the vehicle and outside the vehicle — they determined that something wasn’t right, that the circumstances around the death of the occupants was suspicious,” he said.
Homicide investigators say there is no continued risk to public safety, and that the deaths are not believed to be related to gang violence.
Jang said police have also tentatively identified the three victims, but are not releasing that information at this time.
Investigators are on scene, and police say it is too soon to say what may have led to the crash.
Drivers were being advised to avoid the area, as several road closures are in effect until further notice:
- 32 Avenue at 152 Street
- 32 Avenue at King George Boulevard
- Highway 99 southbound Exit 8B
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Surrey RCMP.