Edson, Alberta – Highway 16 has been cleared and all lanes are re-opened to traffic after RCMP in Edson were investigating a fatal traffic collision. On May 23rd, 2017 around 11:00 PM police were notified of a serious motor vehicle collision that occurred just within the Town of Edson limits.
Emergency services arrived on scene to find a pickup truck fully engulfed in fire. The Edson Fire Department worked quickly to put out the fire at which time the lone occupant of the pickup was found deceased. The pickup, described as a 2014 black Ford F-150 Raptor edition which had several aftermarket customizations, is believed to have rear ended a semi-tractor with a flatbed carrying a long load of pipe. The semi driver was not injured in the collision.
Traffic was stopped for a short period of time before lanes were gradually opened or detours setup around the scene. The highway was fully cleared at 4:45 AM.
Police are continuing to investigate all possible contributing conditions to this collision with the assistance of the RCMP Collision Reconstruction Unit and the Medical Examiner’s Office. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision or either vehicle prior to the collision is asked to contact Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8822.
At the request of the family the name of the deceased will not be released.
Please be advised that Highway 16 eastbound near 70th street in Edson is blocked due to a traffic collision. There is no known ETA when the highway will be passable. Further updates will be provided when possible.
Police expect to have one westbound lane open shortly. Eastbound traffic will be re-routed around the collision via Range Road 180 north to east on Township Road 534.