Two people were killed in an Alaska Highway collision last Sunday afternoon near the Lewes River Bridge in the Marsh Lake area.
The collision, which occurred at about 3:40 p.m., involved two cars and a motorcycle, the RCMP and the Yukon Coroner’s Service said Monday afternoon.
Preliminary investigation suggests that an east-bound vehicle attempted to overtake the other vehicle heading in the same direction.
The two vehicles made contact. It appeared that both vehicles lost control and the overtaking vehicle swerved across the westbound lane, colliding with an oncoming motorcycle.
The motorcycle driver and a passenger in the rear seat of the automobile died at the scene.
The motorcyclist was 43-year-old Travis Richard Adams of Whitehorse.
Nicole Sanderson, 47, of Winnipeg, had been in the rear passenger seat of the car.
Autopsies will be held at British Columbia’s Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Thursday.
The driver and second adult passenger of the car were transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The highway was closed to traffic in both directions from about 4 p.m. Sunday to just before midnight.
The coroner’s service is continuing its investigation with the assistance of the Whitehorse RCMP. The service extended its condolences to the two bereaved families and the friends of the victims.