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Two young Richmond men die in Lions Gate bridge crash

Two Richmond men, ages 20 and 21, died from injuries they suffered when the Mazda sedan they were travelling in crashed into a West Vancouver transit bus late Wednesday night on the Lions Gate Bridge.

The pair, whose names was not released by The Review's press time Thursday as their families had not yet been notified, were heading north on the bridge when they apparently lost control of their vehicle, which struck the oncoming bus.

West Vancouver Police Const. Tammy Khorram said one of the deceased victims was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second died in hospital.

An image of the crash by CTV News shows the passenger side of the Mazda sedan pinned up against the front of the bus in what apparently was a t-bone collision.

There were 15 people on board the bus, and three were taken to hospital with minor injuries. A third vehicle was also involved in the accident, but sustained only minor damage.

The crash occurred around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, which is when police received the first 911 calls, Khorram said.

The crash remains under investigation, but officers on the scene said that based on the extent of the damage, speed was likely a factor. And they will be looking at other causes, including if the weather conditions or alcohol consumption, played roles.

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