4 year old girl one of two people killed in collision near Creston


Tragedy on Highway 3 west of Creston last night.

East Kootenay Traffic Services was called out to a two vehicle collision.

According to police an east bound Saturn SUV driven by a lone occupant crossed the centre line and collided head-on with a west bound RV, carrying a family of five from Alberta.

The RV left the highway and came to a rest on it's roof, catching fire.

Four of the five occupants of the RV were able to escape the burning vehicle, but 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 Kootenay man, was also killed in the collision.

The highway was closed for several hours last night as police investigated.

The investigation is continuing, but at this time, police say there's evidence to suggest the driver of the Saturn was returning home after a late departure from the Shambhala Music Festival when the collision occurred, and police have not ruled out the possibility the driver was impaired.

While the festival is over,  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.

Anyone with information regarding the collision, including dash cam video, is asked to call East Kootenay Traffic Services.