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One woman was pronounced deceased on site after a two vehicle collision involving an elk.

At around 8 p.m. on November 19th, police and emergency crews responded to a collision on Highway 18 between Duncan and Lake Cowichan.

Two vehicles were traveling in opposing directions when one tried to avoid colliding into an elk on the road.

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The vehicle ended up hitting the elk and then crashing into the oncoming second vehicle.

As a result, one woman was pronounced dead on site and a man and a woman were air lifted to hospital with serious, life threatening injuries.

“This is a very tragic situation. Collisions with animals are not uncommon, [and] I would like to remind motorists to drive defensively, slow down and leave plenty of distance from the next vehicle to allow the best chance to see wildlife,” said Sgt. Trevor Busch in a statement.

BC Coroners Service and North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are speaking to witnesses and continuing their investigation into the incident.

The very next day, on November 20th, another vehicle collided into an elk at around 7 a.m. The driver of the car was fortunately able to walk away with minor injuries from this incident.

“I would urge motorists to drive according to conditions and be extra vigilant in foggy or dark conditions at dawn or dusk when wildlife is most active,” said Cpl. Dave Motley.