Two vehicle collision claims two lives near Ashcroft

Ashcroft, Merritt, BC Highway Patrol

2020-07-28 07:54 PDT

File # CITS (Merritt) 2020-4118

On Monday, July 27, 2020 at approximately 7:25 PM, Ashcroft RCMP and Emergency Services responded to a fatal collision on Highway 1 near Basque Road, south of Ashcroft, BC.

Upon arrival, police found a transport truck off the highway, completely engulfed in flames and nearby, a Honda Civic with a lone occupant who showed no signs of life. Additional resources were immediately summoned, including the Ashcroft Fire Department, which was needed to prevent the fire spreading and starting a forest fire.

Once the scene was brought under control, the investigation into the cause of the crash began. Evidence found at the scene indicated that a red Honda Civic was heading south on Highway 1, failed to keep right, crossed the centre line and collided head on with a northbound transport truck. The lone driver of the Honda, a woman believed to be from the United States, was killed in the crash. The driver of the transport truck was not able to escape the cab and was killed as a result.

Investigators are continuing to work with the transport truck company and United States authorities to confirm the identities of the two people killed in this collision.

According to DriveBC, Highway 1 remains closed at this hour as the investigation wraps up and the highway is made safe for travel. Motorists can monitor for updates with respect to the highway closure.

Central Interior Traffic Services (CITS) in Merritt, RCMP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, and the BC Coroners' Service are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call CITS in Merritt at 250-378-4262.

Released by

Cpl. Mike Halskov

Media Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071


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