August 25, 2014 7:32 am

‘Catastrophic’ collision leaves 2 dead in west Edmonton

Police investigate a collision in Edmonton's west end that resulted in the death of two men, Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Michael Gordon, Global News

EDMONTON – Two men were killed late Sunday night, in a high speed collision Edmonton Police suspect was fueled alcohol.

The crash happened around 10 p.m in the west Edmonton neighbourhood of West Jasper Place.

Police believe a Ford Crown Victoria car was speeding north on 151 St., when it went through a stop sign at 95 Ave. It clipped the back of a Chrysler Concorde driving east, before losing control.

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“Very minor damage to that vehicle, however the white Crown Victoria sustained some catastrophic damage after hitting a tree,” said Insp. Regan James with the Edmonton Police Service.

The Crown Victoria continued north after hitting the Chrysler, striking a Mazda car parked on the side of the street  before slammed into the tree.

The two men inside the car were pronounced dead on scene.

The driver was 50 years old. Insp. James believed the passenger, who remains unidentified, was in his late 40s to early 50s.

“Speed is a very important factor in this collision, as well as alcohol consumption, it appears,” said Insp. James.

Police could be seen investigating the mangled wreckage of the car, which appeared to be wrapped around the tree.

“Unfortunately there were a lot of witnesses who heard the crash,” he added.

“It was described as an ‘explosion’ because of the amount of damage. However, not a lot of visual witnesses.”

The 28-year-old driver of the Chrysler was treated on-scene for minor injuries and released.

The area was closed to traffic until early Monday morning while the Major Collision Investigation Unit processed the scene.

According to city police, these were Edmonton’s 15th and 16th traffic fatalities of 2014. There were 17 traffic fatalities at this time in 2013.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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