Edson RCMP investigate fatal collision on Alberta Highway 16 in Yellowhead County – UPDATED

Yellowhead County, Alberta – On Jan. 4, 2022, at 11:19 Vegreville RCMP received a report of a collision Highway 16 at Range Road 125 east of Vegreville blocking all west bound lanes of travel.

The investigation has revealed that all three vehicles were travelling west bound. A minivan collided with the back of semi-tractor trailer unit that had braked for a slower moving vehicle ahead of it. The van was then struck on the rear left corner by a semi-tractor trailer that was following.

The driver of the mini van was trapped inside the vehicle and was extricated by the Vegreville Fire Department and EMS. The driver, a 60-year-old man, from Ranfurly, Alta. was airlifted by STARS to a hospital in Edmonton for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the semi-tractor trailer units were not physically injured.

All three west bound lanes of Highway 16 were blocked as a result of the collision and traffic was diverted until approximately 6:45 p.m. as emergency crews cleared the vehicles and debris. Vegreville RCMP thank the public for their patience and understanding.

Vegreville RCMP and RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstruction continue to investigate the cause of the collision; however, weather and road conditions played a factor. No charges are anticipated.

BACKGROUND

Yellowhead County, Alberta – On Jan. 5, 2022, at approximately 6:35 p.m. Edson RCMP, RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstruction, Yellowhead County Fire Department, Yellowhead County Peace Officers and EMS responded to a two vehicle collision in the westbound lanes of Highway 16 near Range Road 130 (Niton Junction).

The preliminary investigation revealed a small passenger car that was travelling westbound had collided with the rear of a westbound semi-tractor trailer. The semi-tractor trailer had entered onto the highway and was accelerating when it was struck by the car. The driver of the car was the sole occupant and had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire crews. A 37-year-old man, from Edson, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the deceased will not be released.

The driver of the semi-tractor unit was not physically injured.

The Edson RCMP and RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstruction continue to investigate this collision; however, no charges are anticipated.

If you have any information in relation to the collision, please contact the Edson RCMP at 780-723-8822. If you have information about this collision and you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Edson RCMP



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