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UPDATE: B.C. Coroners Service identifies Malahat crash victims

The B..C Coroners Service has confirmed the identities of three women who died Sunday when their SUV collided with a pickup truck on the Malahat Drive Sunday.

The three women, all from Nanaimo, are Pheat Top, 30, Diane Muriel Lacasca Bocacao, 19, and Gene Kloie Resu Jamisola, 16.

The women, along with one man, 20, and a girl, six, were travelling southbound on Highway 1 near the intersection of Whittaker Road at about 11:25 a.m. when the Honda SUV car they were riding in collided with a  northbound Chevrolet pickup. All three women died at the crash scene.

The male passenger was rushed by ambulance to Victoria General Hospital.

The six-year-old girl and one passenger from the pickup were airlifted hospital in Victoria. They remain in hospital.

The driver and a second passenger of the truck were also injured.

The coroners service and RCMP Traffic Services are continuing the investigation in to the collision.

The families of the deceased have been notified of the deaths and, on behalf of the families, the BC Coroners Service has asked that the media respect the families’ privacy.

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