Overnight crash in Burnaby kills 2, shuts down part of Canada Way

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Overnight crash in Burnaby kills 2, shuts down part of Canada Way

A male driver and female passenger have died after the car they were in spun out and crashed into a power pole in the 5400-block of Canada Way in Burnaby.

A passerby phoned 911 around 4 a.m. PT. Canada Way remains shut down between Burris Street and Sperling Avenue.

Burnaby fire crews arrived within minutes but could not touch the vehicle right away because of the live power lines.

Live power lines on car

"It was quite the danger zone ... we had to be extremely cautious," said Capt. David Younger with Burnaby Fire.

"The power was on, so we couldn't touch the vehicle initially because it was live ... our initial move into the call took several minutes before we could get the power shut down."

Younger said the two people inside were unresponsive when his crews arrived. 

According to B.C. Hydro 168 homes are without power in the area.