Highway 2 was closed for more than 12 hours March 21 due to the horrendous pile up near Millet.
At the height of the severe spring storm, police estimate 85 to 100 vehicles were involved at the scene — excluding numerous secondary collisions outside of the immediate scene.
Approximately 100 minor injuries resulted from the crash — one man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in serious but stable condition. .
Due to the sheer size of the collision, several of Ponoka’s resources stepped up to lend their support for those affected. RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs assisted with the injured, diverting traffic and determining which vehicles were damaged and how they were damaged.
Both of Ponoka’s towing companies were on scene to help remove the damaged vehicles. Ponoka hospital took patients from the accident.
Edmonton Police Service also attended and provided assistance with co-ordinating detours, traffic movement and relief of other officers that had been on scene for several hours. Edmonton Transit, in co-operation with EPS, provided transit buses to assist in moving stranded drivers to Edmonton. Communities along the QEII also provided buses and opened their community centers to assist stranded people.
A cattle liner hauling 74 head of cattle was also involved. The cattle, with the exception of two, were safely transferred to another truck with the use of the livestock emergency trailer, one of seven trailers strategically located throughout the province.
Ponoka RCMP request anyone involved in the collision to contact them directly to streamline the investigation. Have your insurance, registration and driver’s license available. Also have any information regarding vehicles involved in your collision, other drivers information and any occupants of your vehicle.