Alberta Mirror

Monday, January 17, 2022

Chilling rain a part in lethal clashes south and north of Edmonton

Key takeaways: 

  • 1 person was killed on QEII, two were discovered dead after a multi-vehicle crash in Sturgeon County.
  • A vehicle slipped off Queen Elizabeth II Highway, south of Edmonton, early Thursday morning as cold rain hit the area. 

Vehicle collision on Queen Elizabeth highway: 

Chilling rain in northern Alberta Thursday morning added to three deaths on roadways north and south of Edmonton. 

One person died in a pileup on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near Ponoka while two people perished in a collision on Highway 28 in Sturgeon County.

Ponoka RCMP was beckoned to the scene on the QEII at 6:15 a.m. after a tractor-trailer crashed in the northbound roads near Highway 53 and was hit by a second semi-trailer. 

A three tractor-trailer, helpless to stop, slipped into the collision scene, RCMP stated in an announcement.

The driver of one of the semi-tractor trailer links, a 64-year-old man from Rimbey, was announced dead on the spot. The RCMP are not publishing the man’s name. 

The preceding inquiry found that seven semi-tractor trailer links and one SUV were included in the accident.

As of 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the northbound roads of the QEII were still blocked and traffic rerouted at the Highway 53 bridge.’

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An active substance, ammonium nitrate, was extracted from one of the broken tankers as part of the clean-up, RCMP replied. 

Details about other damages or the total number of vehicles affected were not prepared, RCMP said in the statement. 

Cpl. Kelly Sikorski stated climate played a significant role.

“Freezing rain is believed to be the factor in this collision,” Sikorski stated. Source – cbc.ca

2 hit in Sturgeon County wreck

Icy paths are considered to have given to a fiery highway collision that killed two people around 7 a.m. Thursday in Sturgeon County.

Morinville RCMP, EMS and firefighters returned to the two-vehicle accident on Highway 28 near Township Road 564.

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