Young Alberta girl among 2 people killed in highway crash in southeastern B.C.

A four-year-old girl from Alberta is among two people who died after an SUV collided with an RV on a highway near Creston, B.C. on Monday night, according to the RCMP.

In a news release issued Tuesday, police said officers responded to the crash on Highway 3 at about 10 p.m. local time.

RCMP said investigators believe an SUV that was heading east on the highway crossed the centre line and collided head-on with the RV, which was travelling west.

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The RV was carrying a family of five from Alberta. Police said it went off the highway and came to a stop on its roof before catching fire.

“Four of the five occupants of the RV were able to escape the burning vehicle,” the RCMP said. “A four-year-old girl who had been sleeping in the back of the RV perished in the crash.”

Police said the 26-year-old man driving the SUV, who was the lone occupant of that vehicle, was also killed in the crash. They said he was from the region.

Police said Highway 3 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

“At this time, there is evidence to suggest that the driver of the Saturn (SUV) was returning home after a late departure from the Shambhala Music Festival when this collision occurred,” the RCMP said. “Police have not ruled out the possibility that the driver was impaired.”

Anyone with information about or video of the crash is asked to call East Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-420-4244.

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