EDMONTON – In just over 24 hour this week, six people lost their lives in collisions on Alberta roads.
The crashes happened on both major highways and rural roads.
The latest fatal collision happened just north of Elk Point on Wednesday night, where police believe a 37-year-old man wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. RCMP said the single vehicle crash happened around 8:45 p.m. on Moose Hills Road, approximately 2 km east of Highway 41.
It’s believed the man, driving a double axel water truck, over-corrected on a corner and lost control. The man was thrown from the truck as it rolled into the ditch. He was pronounced dead on scene.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Elk Point is approximately 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
Earlier in the evening, a similar single vehicle crash killed two people in central Alberta. It happened around 6:30, on a remote road about 25 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.
Police said a vehicle with five people inside it lost control on a curve and rolled. Two people were killed and the other three were hurt.
One was airlifted by STARS to hospital, while the other two were driven by ambulance.
STAR-3 (Edmonton) has been dispatched for an inter-hospital transport in the Rocky Mtn House, AB area.
— STARS Ambulance (@STARSambulance) October 30, 2014
The victim’s ages, genders and the extent of their injuries have yet to be released.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Around 11:30 Wednesday morning, a 35-year-old truck driver from Edmonton was killed when his vehicle slammed into another dump truck.
It happened west of Stony Plain on Highway 16, near the Village of Wabamun.
RCMP said an eastbound dump truck crossed the highway’s median and collided with another dump truck headed west.
Investigators are looking into whether a mechanical malfunction or a medical incident caused the crash.
Two men were killed and another critically injured on an undivided section of Highway 63 near Mariana in northeastern Alberta at around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
A car driving south collided with a northbound shuttle bus, which was carrying eight workers to a camp in the area. The two men in the car were killed; a man in the bus was critically injured and remains in an Edmonton hospital.
Other bus passengers were treated for less severe injuries.
The cause of the crash is not known.
This has been a deadly month on Alberta roads. Over the weekend of October 17-19, five separate collisions killed six people and injured seven others.
In one of those crashes a minivan rolled, killing a woman in her 40s and injuring the male driver and five children.
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