Two dead in fatal crash near Yoho National Park

A fiery crash east of Golden closed Highway 1 in both directions. Skilled Truckers Canada / Facebook

Two people are dead after a fatal crash involving two semi-trucks 35 kilometres east of Golden early Sunday morning.

At approximately 6:50 a.m., the Golden-Field RCMP and BC Highway Patrol responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 1 at the Yoho National Park west gate.

Upon RCMP arrival it was determined the occupants of both semi-trucks were deceased.

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“Although the investigation is still ongoing, it appears as though one of the trucks drove into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision,” said Const. Kat Robinson of Golden-Field RCMP.

The deceased individuals have not yet been identified and the BC Coroner Service has taken control of the investigation.

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A post shared to social media showed the two semi-trucks engulfed in flames with one containing cattle.

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Photos show several cattle laying on the ground near the crash, however, their conditions are unknown at this time.

Some social media posts are reporting that the cows were returning home from the Western Canadian Classic show in Brandon, Manitoba and were 4-H livestock that belonged to Team BC.

The crash has forced the closure of a portion of Highway 1 in both directions between 11th Street North in Golden and Beaverfoot Road.

A detour is currently available through Highway 95 and 93 and will remain closed overnight and through August 29.

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Anyone with information regarding this collision, including any dash cam video, is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221.

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