Nicola Valley Institute of Technology president Ken Tourand says students from the Merritt-based institute's environmental resource technology program were doing field work on Thursday near Surrey Lake, just east of the Coquihalla Highway, about 50 kilometres south of Kamloops.
He says the class was wrapping up for the afternoon when two members set off on a quad ATV owned by one of them.
The off-road vehicle crashed a short time later, killing a Merritt-area man in his 20s, and injuring the second student.
Tourand says another member of the group heard the crash but it's unclear who found the victims, whose names have not been released.
A note on the Institute's website says the aboriginal post-secondary facility is providing cultural support and grief counselling for students and staff. (CHNL)