The northbound lanes of the Trans Canada Highway north of the Duke Point turnoff are closed for an RCMP investigation after a serious crash. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

UPDATE: Police watchdog investigating after crash results in deaths near Nanaimo

Trans Canada Highway northbound lanes were closed between Duke Point exit and Cedar Road

Two people died in a crash and a portion of the Trans Canada Highway in Nanaimo was shut down for several hours this morning.

Highway 1 northbound lanes between Duke Point Highway and Cedar Road were closed following a vehicle incident, according to Drive B.C., but have now re-opened. A pickup truck and a sport-utility vehicle were involved in the crash.

B.C. Coroners Service confirmed it is investigating two deaths, but couldn’t comment further.

According to a press release issued by IIO B.C. Monday, the incident began just before 1 a.m. when a Nanaimo RCMP officer spotted a white GMC pickup truck leaving a residence in Harewood near Tenth Street.

When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the truck’s driver allegedly failed to stop and continued to the Trans Canada Highway and was last seen heading southbound in the northbound lanes and was involved in a two-vehicle head-on crash with another vehicle.

The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released.

“The IIO B.C. is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the drivers’ deaths. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO B.C., no further information will be released by police,” the release noted.

Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP media spokesperson, said he could not provide any more information on the matter.

The Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Unit, with assistance from traffic reconstructionists, is conducting a concurrent investigation into the collision and investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

The IIO B.C. is also asking anyone who observed or might have dashcam footage of the pickup truck on Highway 1 to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

Sizzling season starts with Summer Fest celebrations in Chemainus

Rotary Club event features plenty of food, entertainment and a parade

Memorial Midget C Hockey Tournament supports Puska

Ladysmith man in need of a kidney transplant receiving abundant financial contributions

Poppy funds blossom at Chemainus Health Care Centre

Cowichan Legion Branch 53 makes a valuable contribution

Ladysmith Hill Dash and Running of the Balls return to High street

Ever year Ladysmith residents run High street to support the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association

RCMP urges community to report crimes as theft from vehicles continues

Ladysmith RCMP confirmed a group of teens were seen trying to break into a vehicle on Thetis drive

‘This is unbelievable:’ Raptors dazzled by massive crowds at downtown Toronto parade

Mayor John Tory declares it ‘We The North Day’ after team’s historic NBA title win

Skipping school costs a dozen B.C. students chance at a new car

Cowichan’s Jared Lammi showed up and won $5,000 cheque toward vehicle, but he can’t drive

BC Ferries adds extra and late night summer sailings

Seasonal adjustments to sailing times also in effect on many routes

Man suffers burns, dog dies in fire in Nanaimo

Structure burns down on Clifford Road property in Cedar

Province comes through with funding for Charleigh Fales

Lake Cowichan toddler only one in B.C. diagnosed with CLN2 Batten disease

People throwing food at a bear in Fernie alarms conservation groups

“Approaching and feeding bears contributes to habituation,” says conservation group

Feds announce $50M strategy to fight dementia

Emphasis is on prevention and and supporting caregivers

Federal Liberals’ plan to help first-time homebuyers to kick in weeks before election

Ottawa to pick up 5% of a mortgage on existing homes for households that earn under $120,000 a year

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Most Read