The Red Lake OPP has reported that two residents have died following a motor vehicle collision on Highway 105.

On November 4, at approximately 11:15 a.m., police say a late model pick-up truck was travelling northbound on Highway 105, when it left the roadway and collided with two boulders and a tree. The truck’s fuel tank ruptured and caught fire.

A civilian witness came upon the scene and located the two occupants of the vehicle, but was unable to extract the passengers. At that time, officers from the Red Lake and Ear Falls detachments of the OPP were on patrol when they observed a large plume of smoke from the scene. Officers and the civilian attempted to assist the two occupants out of the burning vehicle.

They were successful in removing the passenger, with the help of the Red Lake Fire Department as well as the Kenora District Services Board Emergency Medical Services. The passenger was transported to the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short while later. The driver of the vehicle passed away at the scene.Police say that the identities of the deceased will be released once next of kin notification is complete.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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