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UPDATED: Lions Gate Bridge reopens after deadly overnight crash

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The Lions Gate Bridge reopened Thursday morning after two men in their early 20s were killed overnight when their car slammed into a bus.

The accident occurred shortly before midnight when a northbound Mazda 7 driven by a young man from Richmond swerved into the southbound lane, colliding with a West Vancouver transit bus.

Emergency responders used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver and passenger from the car and they were rushed to hospital but both have died from their injuries, according to the West Vancouver police.

The bus driver and three passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

"The early indications are that speed was a factor due to the damage to the vehicle," said WVPD Const. Tammy Khorram.

Lions Gate Bridge was closed overnight and reopened just before 7 a.m.

West Van police still investigating the accident with assistance from the RCMP's ICARS Unit.

Names of the deceased, both from Richmond, will not be released until next of kin are contact.

Any witnesses are asked to call the West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300.

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