UPDATE: Man arrested after accident leaves two dead, two in hospital in downtown Kamloops

1:20 p.m.

A man has been arrested following this morning's fatal accident at First Avenue and Battle Street.

The owner of the blue pickup who left the scene of the collision has been arrested, according to a Kamloops RCMP press release.

"The registered owner of the pickup truck involved in the fatal collision on First Avenue this morning has been located and subsequently arrested," states Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in the release.

The investigation is ongoing and the man's involvement is still being figured out.

Kamloops RCMP are looking for any witnesses to the collision that left two people dead and sent two to the hospital. One witness, in particular, is a female pedestrian who was at the scene and left shortly after.

If you saw anything you're asked to call RCMP at 250-828-3000.

10:30 a.m.

First Avenue has been reopened. Battle Street is still closed west of First Avenue for a short distance where the collision appears to have occurred.

8:30 a.m.

RCMP say two people died early this morning (Nov. 3) after a collision between a car and a pickup truck at First Avenue and Battle Street. 

Police were called to the scene at 1:40 a.m., according to a news release.

When officers arrived, they found two occupants in the car already deceased. There were two more people in the car; both were taken to hospital, one in life-threatening condition and the other with non-life threatening injuries. 

The driver of the pickup, meanwhile, left the area before police arrived. The truck remained, as it was not driveable, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie tells KamloopsMatters, and it's believed the driver left the scene on foot. 

The two vehicles involved were a blue, newer model pickup truck. The car was a red sedan. Shelkie says more details won't be released at this time.

"We're not releasing any of that information yet," she says. "The next of kin haven't been notified."

Shelkie adds that it hasn't been determined whether the truck was stolen or not.

"Due to the severity of this collision, our investigation could take most of the day," Shelkie says in the release. "We thank motorists for avoiding this area and taking alternate routes."

If you witnessed the crash, are the driver of the pickup or have any information about the driver of the pickup, you're asked to call RCMP at 250-828-3000.

— This story was updated at 10 a.m. with comments from Cpl. Jodi Shelkie

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