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UPDATE: Ponoka RCMP respond to serious multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2

One male from Rimbey declared deceased on the scene

UPDATE:

On Nov. 25, 2021 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Ponoka Traffic Services was dispatched to a multi vehicle collision north bound on the QEII highway at the Crandall overpass.

This collision continues to require the north bound lanes of the QEII highway to remain closed for clean up of the roadway. Extra care has had to be taken with clean up due to some volatile goods on board of the damaged tankers—the substance was ammonium nitrate. The ammonium nitrate was contained and the appropriate partners are involved assisting with cleanup.

The preliminary investigation has shown that at least seven semi-tractor trailer units and one SUV was involved in this multi-vehicle collision. A 64-year-old male from Rimbey, the driver and lone occupant of one of the semi-tractor trailer units involved in this multi-vehicle collision, was declared deceased on scene. The name of the deceased will not be released.

The Ponoka RCMP Traffic Services and all emergency and clean up crews completed their work at the scene at about 8:30 p.m.

Ponoka RCMP Traffic Services, along with the RCMP Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate this collision.

ORIGINAL STORY:

On Nov. 25, 2021 at approximately 6:15 a.m., Ponoka Traffic Services was dispatched to a multi vehicle collision north bound on the QEII highway at the Crandall overpass.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a semi-tractor trailer unit had jackknifed on the QEII Highway and was subsequently struck by a second semi-tractor trailer unit. A third tractor trailer unit was unable to stop and slid into the crash scene.

There has been one fatality reported as a result of the collision. Details regarding any other injuries or the number total vehicles involved is not available at this time.

The north bound lanes of the QEII highway are currently closed and northbound traffic is being rerouted at the Highway 53 overpass and is expected to continue for several hours.

A RCMP Collision Analyst has been called into assist with the investigation.

Freezing rain believed to be a factor in this collision. Numerous Alberta Highways have been impacted by the freezing rain.

The RCMP is requesting motorists take alternate routes and avoid the area of the collision, slow down and drive to the conditions as they can vary throughout the province.

An update will be provided at a later time when more details are available.

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