Coaldale, Alberta – On May 4, 2017 at approximately 3:35 p.m. the Coaldale RCMP along with the Coaldale Fire Department responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a semi truck hauling a trailer and a white Ford F-350 truck. The collision occurred at the intersection of Township Road 100 and Range Road 192. The semi and trailer were travelling westbound on the Township Road when the Ford F-350 heading southbound slammed broadside into the trailer. This was a high speed impact that caused the semi and trailer to be flipped at least once. The 25 year old man driving the semi and lone occupant sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported to the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge for treatment.
There were two occupants of the white Ford F-350 truck. The 17 year old driver and 14 year old passenger were both crushed within the cab of the truck and pronounced deceased at the scene. Both these young men were from the Taber area. The families were notified through the assistance of the Taber Town Police. Local victim services unit members attended the scene and assisted as required.
At the time of the collision the weather was hot, sunny with clear visibility. Both roads are gravel surfaced. The north and south sides of the intersection have yield signs posted.
This investigation is still ongoing by the Coaldale RCMP to attempt to determine the cause. Specialized assistance was received by a RCMP traffic reconstructionist.
Photos by Coaldale RCMP