RCMP said two people have died following a two-vehicle accident on Highway 3 west of Creston Monday night.
E Division Traffic Services said in a media release Tuesday police responded at approximately 10 p.m. Monday to the collision west of Creston.
Police determined that an east bound Saturn SUV driven by a lone occupant crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a west bound RV with a family of five from Alberta.
Police said the RV left the highway and came to a rest on its roof and caught fire.
“Four of the five occupants of the RV were able to escape the burning vehicle,” RCMP said. “A four-year-old girl who had been sleeping in the back of the RV perished in the crash.”
“The driver of the Saturn, a 26-year-old man from the local area, was also killed in the collision,” RCMP added.
RCMP said Highway 3 was closed for several hours as police investigated.
While the highway has since re-opened, police said officers will be at the scene for part of Tuesday (August 13th) to continue with the investigation.
“At this time, there is evidence to suggest that the driver of the Saturn was returning home after a late departure from the Shambhala Music Festival when this collision occurred,” RCMP said adding that EKTS-Creston and the BC Coroners' Service are continuing to investigate this collision.
“Police have not ruled out the possibility that the driver was impaired.”
RCMP said at the time of the collision, the festival had ended and many attendees had already left the area.
RCMP will continue with enhanced traffic safety enforcement today as the remaining festival attendees depart the area emphasizing zero tolerance for impaired and unsafe driving.
Police remind all drivers of the dangers of impaired driving which kills 68 people in BC* every year, on average. Please drive defensively, obey speed limits, wear seat belts, drive sober and drive distraction free every time you get behind the wheel.
Anyone with information regarding this collision, including any dash camera video, is asked to call East Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-420-4244.
A GoFundMePage has been set up for the Alberta family involved in this accident.