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Three killed, one injured in crash by restaurant

Police spokesman says ‘speed was definitely a factor’

By , Columbian Metro Team Editor
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The aftermath of a deadly car crash at the Igloo Restaurant in Vancouver is pictured on Saturday. Three people died and one was injured in the accident on Friday.
The aftermath of a deadly car crash at the Igloo Restaurant in Vancouver is pictured on Saturday. Three people died and one was injured in the accident on Friday. (Samuel Wilson for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A deadly crash near East Evergreen and Grove Street killed three men Friday night and injured another male, according to reports from the Vancouver police and fire departments.

Firefighters and police responded to a call at about 10:20 p.m. of a car crash near the intersection in Vancouver, where they found a black BMW sedan with two men trapped inside and two lying on the roadway, according to reports.

Joe Spatz, public information officer for the fire department, said firefighters removed the two men from the car.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene while the other two were taken to PeaceHealth with life-threatening injuries, Spatz said.

Vancouver police said one of the men died upon arriving at PeaceHealth.

No one else was hurt in the crash. Only the one car was involved.

Vancouver police spokesman Ilia Botvinnik said police closed the road for hours while they investigated and crews removed debris strewn across the road.

Spatz said dispatch notes indicate a witness on the scene reported seeing the car roll multiple times. KATU reported that a witness said the car broke into pieces on impact.

The car crashed into a patio with chairs and tables outside of the Igloo Restaurant, but reports are unclear on whether the restaurant itself was struck by the car.

The condition of the male taken to the hospital is unknown at this time and none of the men’s names have yet been released.

The cause of the crash is unknown and being investigated by the police department’s traffic unit.

Botvinnik said “speed was definitely a factor,” but it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved.

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