Three peo­ple con­firmed de­ceased in mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cle col­li­sion west of Oyen

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A mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cle col­li­sion west of Oyen has claimed three lives, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Al­berta RCMP on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

In ad­di­tion, two peo­ple were crit­i­cally in­jured and trans­ported via air am­bu­lance to area hos­pi­tals and eight other peo­ple sus­tained in­jured and were ei­ther treated on scene or trans­ported to lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

The col­li­sion, in­volv­ing 10 ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing seven pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and three semi trucks oc­curred on High­way 9 and Range Road 72 at ap­prox­i­mately 3:30 pm on Tues­day, Aug. 20. One of the semis was haul­ing fuel, which ig­nited and caused sev­eral ve­hi­cles to catch fire. A sec­ond semi was haul­ing bu­tane.

The ham­let of Chi­nook was evac­u­ated for sev­eral hours due to the heavy smoke in the area.

Haz­mat crews were ex­pected at the scene on Wed­nes­day to as­sist with the clean-up.

High­way 9 at Range Road 72 re­mained closed on Wed­nes­day morn­ing as the col­li­sion scene con­tin­ued to be cleared, in­clud­ing the re­cov­ery of dan­ger­ous goods con­tained in one of the semi trucks. The road block­age was ex­pected to last un­til ap­prox­i­mately 12 noon.

Sev­eral RCMP de­tach­ments were in­volved with man­ag­ing the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing Corona­tion, Red­cliff, and Hanna.

Sup­port for peo­ple in­volved in the crash was re­ceived from Vic­tim Ser­vices, in­clud­ing the use of the Oyen Le­gion.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this col­li­sion re­mains a lengthy process given the na­ture of the crash scene. It is an­tic­i­pated that it will take sev­eral weeks for the col­li­sion an­a­lyst to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. If there is an up­date to be pro­vided at that time, the RCMP will pro­vide an up­date.

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