Two people died in a head-on collision that closed down a stretch of Highway 1 in B.C.'s southern Interior on Tuesday, with one of the fatalities later identified as the grandfather of hockey prospect Connor Bedard.

RCMP said officers were called at around 1 p.m. PT to reports of a serious crash involving two vehicles about seven kilometres east of Sicamous, B.C.

Investigators say a 73-year-old man travelling west crossed the centre line and collided with an eastbound sedan driven by a 46-year-old woman from Salmon Arm, B.C.