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Two dead after Chilliwack crash on Highway 1

Last Updated Dec 29, 2020 at 5:21 pm PDT

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Summary

RCMP in Chilliwack found the car going westbound in the eastbound lanes near Annis Road

The car did not stop for police, crashed into another, and caught fire

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — A fiery crash in Chilliwack Tuesday has claimed the lives of two people and seriously hurt another, and now B.C.’s police watchdog has been called in.

Around 4 a.m., Mounties say they were called to respond to reports of a car going the wrong way on Highway 1 near Laidlaw — which is between Chilliwack and Hope.

RCMP in Chilliwack found the car going westbound in the eastbound lanes near Annis Road, and used a spike belt to try to stop the driver.

“The suspect vehicle continued to travel westbound in the eastbound lanes, then collided with a second vehicle travelling eastbound resulting in a fire. Officers attempted to extinguish the fire but were unsuccessful,” reads a release from RCMP.

“They were able to extract one person from the second vehicle who was transported to hospital with serious injuries, but were unable to extract the driver and a passenger from the suspect vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene.”

The Independent Investigations Office was called in to determine whether “police actions” contributed to the deaths.