Hin­ton RCMP-multi ve­hi­cle col­li­sion - fa­tal­ity con­firmed

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

On High­way 40 as of 8:30 a.m. Oct. 10 one lane of travel was open and north and south­bound traf­fic al­ter­natied slowly through the area.

At 8:17 p.m. Oct. 9 RCMP re­sponded to what was ini­tially a two ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on High­way 40, north of Rock Lake. A semi truck and trailer was trav­el­ing north­bound when the trailer fish­tailed be­hind the truck and both col­lided with a pickup truck trav­el­ing south­bound. The pickup truck ended up in the ditch and the semi re­mained on the high­way. A third ve­hi­cle hit the de­bris from the ini­tial col­li­sion and other ve­hi­cles slid into the ditch.

The 44-year-old male driver of the pick up truck was de­clared de­ceased on scene. The male pas­sen­ger of the truck was trans­ported to an Ed­mon­ton hos­pi­tal. The 37-year-old male driver of the semi truck was trans­ported to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal in Hin­ton. No other in­juries were re­ported.

At the time of the col­li­sion, there was fog in the area, freez­ing rain and the high­way was ice cov­ered.

The Hin­ton RCMP with the as­sis­tance of Grande Cache RCMP and a col­li­sion an­a­lyst re­mained through the night to in­ves­ti­gate and man­age traf­fic. It is an­tic­i­pated that traf­fic con­trol will re­main down to one lane through the day as Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment & Parks, Emer­gency Re­sponse Team will be at­tend­ing to as­sess a spill. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the col­li­sion re­mains on­go­ing.

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