10/14/2014 08:55 EDT | Updated 12/14/2014 05:59 EST

Long Weekend Crashes In B.C. Leave 8 Dead

VANCOUVER - It has been a deadly Thanksgiving long weekend on British Columbia's roads, with eight people dying from separate crashes across the province.

Police say two people are dead following a five-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon that shut down parts of Highway 10 in Delta, south of Vancouver.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but Acting Sgt. Sarah Swallow with Delta police says it appears a vehicle lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic.

A 44-year-old man also died Saturday morning after his car hit a cow and then side-swiped a tractor trailer on Highway 3, just east of Cranbrook in southeastern B.C.

Separate crashes in Williams Lake and Metro Vancouver have also claimed the lives of five other people over the long weekend.

The Insurance Corporation of B.C. says on average, three people are killed and 520 people are injured in 1,800 crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Global)


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