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Dramatic crash on Sea to Sky Highway sends drivers to hospital

Highway 99 closed in both directions on Jan. 25 for several hours during the investigation.

Two people were taken to hospital after a serious crash on the Sea to Sky Highway Tuesday night.

Squamish RCMP announced on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. on Twitter that both northbound and southbound lanes between Porteau Cove and Lions Bay were being closed.

In a follow-up news release, police said two vehicles were involved, and the collision was serious.

Shane MacKichan, a freelance photojournalist, was at the scene.

He said the crash involved a mini-van and a small car and led to the car catching fire and burning.

"Bystanders tried to put out the fire with extinguishers," he told The Squamish Chief. "The driver was able to get out or was assisted to get out by good Samaritans."

Police, fire and ambulance personnel attended the crash.

RCMP said in a media release Emergency Health Services transported both drivers to a local hospital to receive medical attention.

The highway was shut in both directions until about 10:30 p.m., according to RCMP.

The delay was in part because the RCMP’s Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, or ICARS, was called to the scene to investigate.

ICARS is called to scenes when a serious crash occurs.

Squamish RCMP asks anyone with any information regarding the crash to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, or, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to