UPDATE: Two killed in single-vehicle accident in Deroche

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A single vehicle crash in Deroche Monday afternoon has claimed the lives of a 56-year-old man from Lake Errock and a 73-year-old man from Yale.

The collision happened around 1:30 p.m. in Deroche on the Lougheed Highway, about one kilometre east of Brooks Road.

According to police investigators, the 56-year-old driver appeared to have lost control of the 1998 Ford Escort as he was heading westbound. The vehicle started to rotate clock-wise before leaving the road and crashed into the ditch on the north side. The car came to a rest at the bottom of the steep embankment.

Police say weather and road conditions appear to be factors in the incident, but have also not ruled out speed, vehicle mechanics and driver distraction as causes.

The driver and his passenger were treated at the scene by emergency personnel, but both succumbed to their injuries. The names of the deceased are not being released until approval is given by their immediate families.

The Fraser Valley Traffic Services and the coroner's office continue to investigate the crash. Anyone who witnessed the crash and not yet spoken to police is asked to contact Const. Jared Schell at 604-702-4039.

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