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Two motorcyclists killed in separate accidents near Pemberton

Collisions on July 3 and 5 claimed lives of two Lower Mainland residents

Tragedy struck twice on Highway 99 near Pemberton this past weekend after two motorcyclists were killed in separate accidents on July 3 and 5, police said in a release.

The first collision occurred late Friday afternoon when a motorcyclist travelling north on Highway 99 lost control negotiating a corner, slid into the oncoming lanes and was struck by a southbound vehicle approximately 10 kilometres north of the In-SHUCK-CH Forest Service Road, police said. 

The driver, a 31-year-old Vancouver man, succumbed to his injuries.

The accident closed the highway in both directions until roughly 12:30 a.m. the following morning while investigators collected evidence and cleared the roadway.

Any witnesses who have net yet spoken to police are asked to contact the Pemberton RCMP at 604-932-3044, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The second fatal crash took place late morning Sunday and involved multiple motorcyclists, according to witnesses who spoke to police.

Investigators said that four motorcyclists were heading north on Highway 99 when up to three of the motorcycles collided with a southbound vehicle roughly nine kilometres north of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

One motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was declared dead at the scene. Two other motorcyclists and two individuals in the southbound vehicle were taken to hospital with what police said appear to be minor injuries, while a motorcycle passenger was airlifted to a Lower Mainland hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Witnesses on the scene, including an off-duty doctor and several paramedics, immediately provided first aid to the victims, police said.

The accident closed the highway in both directions for several hours.

Police are asking any witnesses to this crash who have not yet spoken with investigators to contact Sea to Sky RCMP Traffic Services at 604-892‐6100, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.