Five people died after a tractor-trailer and a Chevrolet Cavalier collided on a highway thick with snow and blowing snow in northern B.C. Monday morning.

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The five occupants of this Cavalier were killed when it collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 16 Monday morning. ((CBC))

RCMP said the two vehicles crashed on Highway 16, west of Lloyd Road between Vanderhoof and Prince George at around 10 a.m.

All five occupants of the Cavalier were confirmed dead at the scene, said North District RCMP spokesman Const. Craig Douglass. The names of the victims aren't being released.

A police investigation is looking into whether the Cavalier may have been going too fast for the road conditions.

The truck driver was shakenup but not physically injured, police said. His truck ended up in a ditch.

A section of Highway 16 has been closedsince the accident but RCMP said they expect to reopen it later in the evening. There's no available alternate route between Vanderhoof and Prince George.

Police are recommendingdrivers stay offthe highway once it's reopened unless they absolutely have to use it.