October 19, 2016 7:48 pm
Updated: October 20, 2016 9:46 pm

2 dead, 2 children in hospital after SUV collides with semi-truck in central Alberta

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Two women are dead and two children are recovering in hospital after the SUV they were in collided with a semi-truck in east central Alberta Wednesday afternoon.

RCMP said officers were called to Highway 45 and Highway 881 near Myrnam, Alta. at around 1:30 p.m. They said it appears a northbound SUV “proceeded from a stop sign on Highway 881 at Highway 45” before being hit on the passenger side by a westbound semi-truck.

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A 37-year-old mother from Niagara Falls was driving the SUV and died at the scene. Her two sons, aged 8 and 12, were both rushed to Two Hills Hospital by ground ambulance. The younger brother was then airlifted to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton in serious but non-life threatening condition. The older brother’s injuries are also considered to be non-life threatening.

A 32-year-old woman from Victoria, B.C. – whom police described as a family member – was also in the SUV and died at the scene.

Police did not say whether the driver of the semi-truck was injured.

RCMP continue to investigate how the crash unfolded.

They said a four-year-old border collie was also involved in the crash but was believed to have run away after the vehicles collided. On Wednesday, police asked the public to be on the lookout for a dog who answers to “Oliver.” On Thursday, Mounties said the dog was found dead under some bushes near the crash scene.

Myrnam is about 170 kilometres east of Edmonton.

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