2 Refugees die in a car crash in BC

2 of the three killed in a car crash near Clearwater BC are recent refugees from Afghanistan, police say. Three people and left two others in critical condition.

Two of those killed were refugees from Afghanistan who had recently arrived in Canada, according to Highway Patrol Staff Sgt. Bryan Fedirchuk. He said he expects the two people in critical condition to survive their injuries.

It’s the third fatal incident along a roughly 40-kilometer stretch of Highway 5 north of Kamloops in just over a month, leading to calls for safety improvements from local leaders.

Initial investigation shows a southbound Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed the centre line and side-swiped a Ford F-550 truck towing a trailer, before crashing head-on with a Ford Escape SUV.

Three people in the Escape died at the scene, and two others in the vehicle suffered serious injuries and were transported to hospital, according to police. The driver of the F-150 was injured but not seriously, police said, and the F-550 driver was uninjured.

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