Two young Richmond lives appear to have been wiped out following a fatal crash on the Lions Gate Bridge.
Police suspect the men, both in the early 20s, were speeding northbound on the bridge just before midnight on Wednesday when they lost control and slammed into an oncoming transit bus.
The Jaws of Life were used to extract the male driver and passenger from the Mazda 6 vehicle that struck the bus, West Vancouver Police’s Sgt. Ed Pearce said in a media statement.
Both men were taken to hospital but died shortly after from their injuries.
West Vancouver police confirmed the Mazda was seen speeding northbound in the centre lane just before the crash.
It then lost control, spun and swerved into the southbound lane, colliding with the southbound transit bus, which had about 15 people on board.
A third vehicle, trying to avoid the accident, was also involved.
Police described the victims’ vehicle as being “demolished” by the collision.
The victims’ identities will not be released until their next of kin has been notified.
The bridge, which was closed for several hours for crash investigators to comb the scene, reopened to busy morning commuter traffic shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.
Police say it’s too early to tell whether drugs or alcohol were factors in the tragic incident.
Four others, including the bus driver and three of his passengers, were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
More to follow later today.