A two-vehicle crash has resulted in three deaths Friday night.

At about 8:45 that evening, emergency crews responded to the incident on Highway 97C, six kilometres from Merritt.

A west-bound U-Haul van carrying three people collided with the back of a commercial truck carrying crushed cars. The truck was in the slow lane, travelling down down Hamilton Hill.

“The impact of the collision was so severe that the one female and two male occupants of the U-Haul were deceased at the scene,” said Sgt. Mike Pears, of the Central Interior Traffic Services, in a press release. “The driver and passenger of the commercial vehicle were not injured.”

The police said there is no discernible reason for the accident at this time. The truck’s lights were in working condition, visibility was good, and the roads were bare and dry.

The police are asking any witnesses to this accident to come forward with any information that could aid in their investigation by calling Interior Traffic Services at 250-378-4262.