Two dead in Alaska Highway collision

The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. on Saturday on the Alaska Highway, at the intersection with Robert Service Way.

Two people are dead after a motor vehicle collision in Whitehorse over the weekend.

The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. on Saturday on the Alaska Highway, at the intersection with Robert Service Way.

A Honda Accord travelling north with four people inside attempted to turn at the intersection but was struck by a semi-truck pulling a B-train, travelling south, according to an RCMP news release.

The RCMP, Emergency Medical Services and the Whitehorse Fire Department attended the scene of the collision.

Brendan Kinney (Powers), 20, the front seat passenger, was found dead at the scene.

Another passenger, Clare Cherepak, 15, was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital but died later that morning.

An 18-year-male passenger was taken to hospital and later medevaced to Vancouver General Hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

The 15-year-old female driver was treated for injuries in hospital and released.

The driver of the semi-truck was not harmed.

Cherepak was a student at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Counsellors will be at the school today from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and noon through 4 p.m. the rest of the week.

Cherepak’s friends and family have gathered to share memories on a Facebook page in her honour, “RIP Clare Cherepak.”

Kinney was a graduate of Porter Creek Secondary School.

The RCMP and the Yukon Coroner’s Service continue to investigate the incident.

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