Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating a crash that killed two men near Aulds Cove on the weekend.

The deadly collision occurred on Highway 344 between Aulds Cove and Mulgrave around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Police believe a sports car crossed the centre line at a high rate of speed and collided with a pickup truck. The two vehicles then burst into flames, trapping the two drivers inside.

“When the cars collided, the gas tanks caught fire. There was one witness that seen it,” says volunteer Fire Chief Michael Breen. “They went to the vehicle to try and pull this one gentleman out, but the flames were getting too intense for them to do anything. They had to back off because they were getting burnt themselves.”

The 66-year-old driver of the pickup truck died at the scene, as did the 47-year-old driver of the sports car.

“There was nothing the fire departments could do,” says Breen. “It was too late when we got there.”

The truck driver was from Steep Creek while the driver of the sports car was from the Halfway Cove area. Both victims were well known in the Guysborough County area.

Chris Cook, an organist for two local churches, says both Sunday morning services included prayers for the two men and their families.

“Certainly a tragic loss. We feel it in our community and our two churches here,” says Cook.

The victims’ names are being withheld at this time.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Randy MacDonald