May 17, 2013 12:09 pm

Two killed in highway crash near Onoway

Fatal crash on Highway 43 near Onoway, May 17, 2013

Supplied, Paul Chaisson

EDMONTON – Two people have been killed in a two vehicle collision on Highway 43 near Onoway Friday morning.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Stony Plain RCMP officers were called to a crash on Highway 43 northbound, near Township Road 545.

A minivan and a garbage truck were involved in the crash. Officers say the garbage truck was crossing the highway when the crash occurred. Two people were trapped inside the van when emergency crews arrived, according to RCMP.

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“By the time emergency services were able to attend, which was very quickly, the people were deceased,” said Sergeant Ian Gillan, with Stony Plain RCMP.

The Stony Plain fire department and EMS attended to the scene. An RCMP traffic collision analyst is investigating.

Officers continue to investigate but say alcohol has been ruled out as a factor in the crash.

“However, we are not ruling out street drugs. Street drugs are being investigated as a causal factor in this accident,” said Gillan.

Traffic is being diverted and drivers should expect delays on Highway 43 for several hours.

The fatal crash comes at the start of the May long weekend; a time when RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs step up efforts to prevent dangerous driving and limit the number of serious collisions on Alberta roads.

Officers have a warning for all motorists this weekend.

“We strongly discourage anybody that’s impaired- by either alcohol or street drugs, and specifically cannabis marijuana- do not drive if you’re imbibing in those substances,” Gillan said.

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