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Cause of fatal crash under investigation

Police are trying to determine the cause of a fatal head-on crash late Sunday night that left two young men dead.

Police are trying to determine the cause of a fatal head-on crash late Sunday night that left two young men dead.

The crash happened at about 10:20 p.m. as police say a Honda Civic travelling northbound on Highway. 107 near the Forest Hills extension crossed the centre line and struck a GMC Savanna head-on.

“That’s still part of the on-going investigation by the traffic analysts to try and put together why the vehicle crossed the centre line,” Halifax RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin said as to why this accident took place. “But it was raining very heavy and there was a thunder and lightning storm taking place at the same time.”

Two men inside the Civic — a 19-year-old from Dartmouth and 20-year-old from Montreal — were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Savanna suffered minor injuries and was treated where the accident occurred.

Taplin said the collision ejected both victims from their seats, with the two vehicles ending up in a nearby ditch. Air bags were deployed in both vehicles.

“That will be part of the investigation as well,” Taplin said about whether the victims were wearing seatbelts. “The vehicle has gone for mechanical (check) to determine if the seat belts were in use or if they were in working condition.”

A loaded Smith & Wesson 38 special revolver and five grams of what police believe is cocaine was seized from the Civic. Taplin said the gun and drugs weren’t on either victim and that the Civic didn’t belong to them. Taplin added the car wasn’t stolen.

Victims’ identities
At the request of the families, police say they won’t be releasing the names of the victims.

 
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