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2 dead in car accident in British Columbia

Two people have been tragically killed in a head-on car crash in Surrey, according to local sources. British Columbia authorities responded to the fatal car accident that claimed the lives of two drivers. At the moment, they are still piecing together how the accident happened. 

Details about the accident are sparse as of this report, but it has been confirmed that the accident took place around 7:30 a.m. the morning of Nov. 20. It appears both vehicles collided head-on, though it is not yet clear whether one of the drivers was traveling in the wrong lane. The impact was severe enough that traffic was stopped both ways for most of the day. 

Both drivers, neither of whom has been identified publicly by police, were reportedly killed in the collision. Thankfully, neither vehicle was carrying passengers, but the deaths of both drivers have complicated the ongoing investigation. Police are in the process of interviewing witnesses to the crash, hoping to shed some light on how the crash took place and whether one or both drivers were responsible. 

A fatal car accident is always a tragedy for families who lose loved ones. In British Columbia, the families of such individuals are entitled to legal recourse in the form of wrongful death lawsuits filed in civil court. Even if no charges are filed against the driver deemed to be materially responsible for the accident, as is the case when both drivers are killed, the family can still file a suit against that driver's estate. These suits can still make use of police evidence to argue their claims in civil court. 

Source: CBC British Columbia, "Surrey firefighter among 3 killed in 2 separate Lower Mainland car accidents", Nov. 20, 2016

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