06/29/2015 08:56 EDT | Updated 06/29/2016 05:59 EDT

2 Coquihalla Highway crashes blamed on flash storm

Logan Lake RCMP say two accidents on B.C.'s Coquihalla Highway appear to be the result of a flash storm. 

Police were called to the area of Surrey Lake Summit around 3:15 p.m. PT Monday afternoon.

Const. Steven Grouhel says when he arrived he found two vehicles, one on its side and another upright. Witnesses told him both crashed separately just a few metres and a few minutes apart. 

"At the time of the crash witnesses said it was an extreme downpour of rain with thunder and I guess the highway was just covered in water, like a river," he said. 

Both drivers were taken to hospital in Kamloops and are in stable condition.