It was a deadly weekend on Saskatchewan highways, with nine people losing their lives in two separate accidents.
Six people died in a head-on collision on the east side of the province near Moosomin Sunday afternoon, the RCMP said.
Four young men in their late teens and early 20s were riding in a pickup truck that slammed head-on into a sport utility vehicle. They all died.
A 50-year-old woman driving the SUV and a 20-year-old male passenger were also killed.
The four men in the pickup were from Rocanville, Sask., on the east side of the province near the Manitoba border.
They include one current student and three former students of the town's school.
School officials said word of the tragedy spread quickly and both the town and the school are in a state of shock.
“We presently have counsellors available. They're on site for staff and students,” said Lynn Little, the superintendent of the school division that includes Rocanville.
The only survivor of the crash was a man, 23, who was a passenger in the SUV.
He was taken to hospital in critical condition.
The crash happened on Highway 8 near Moosomin, which is about 220 kilometres east of Regina, just after 2:40 p.m. CST.
Police are still trying to figure out what caused the two vehicles to collide.
Collision while car tried to pass
Earlier in the day, there was another deadly crash near Saltcoats, about 215 kilometres northeast of Regina, that claimed three lives.
It happened late Sunday morning just east of the village of Saltcoats on Highway 16, the RCMP said.
A westbound car was trying to pass another vehicle when it collided head-on with an eastbound minivan.
A third vehicle that was travelling behind the van was also involved in the crash.
A 17-year-old female driver of the car died in the incident.
Also killed were the 38-year-old driver of the minivan and a woman, 38, who was a passenger in the vehicle.
A 15-year-old boy who was in the back seat of the minivan was airlifted to Regina General Hospital in serious condition.
There were two other people in the minivan, as well as two people in the second eastbound vehicle, who survived. The extent of their injuries wasn't immediately disclosed by the RCMP.