CTV Vancouver Island
Published Saturday, March 4, 2017 4:11PM PST
Last Updated Sunday, March 5, 2017 5:51PM PST
Four people are dead following a head-on crash near Gold River on Friday.
RCMP say the crash happened on Highway 28 around 5:30 p.m. roughly 25 kilometres east of Gold River.
According to officials, a 1992 Buick was travelling eastbound, crossed the centre line and collided with a westbound pick-up truck.
“The Buick spun off road at quite a good chunk of velocity and went down a 20 to 25 degree embankment,” said Const. Chris Mousseau with North Island Traffic Services.
All four people travelling in the Buick were killed in the collision.
Family friends have identified them as Jamie Jack, 42, Greg Mark, 37, Jennifer Andrew, 48, and Josephine Campbell, 40.
Brian Lucas grew up with the two men and says they were inseparable.
“They both had a lot of heart. Greg Mark loved all his nieces and his nephews as well as his siblings,” Lucas told CTV News. “Jamie Jack was a loving, caring father as well as a partner to his late friend Jennifer.”
Police say no one in the vehicle was wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The driver of the pick-up truck suffered minor injuries and was released from hospital.
RCMP say driving conditions were less than ideal at the time.
"Black ice, slushy road conditions [...] it didn't look very good at all, it was a very, very tragic collision," Mousseau said.
North Vancouver Island Traffic Services, Campbell River Municipal Traffic, Nootka Sound RCMP, the North Island Collision Analyst/Reconstructionist Unit, Gold River Fire Department, BC Ambulance and the BC Coroner Service attended the scene.