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Father and baby killed in collision on Highway 21 in central Alberta

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CALGARY — A father and his baby daughter were killed and eight other people injured in a two-vehicle crash in central Alberta Sunday morning.

RCMP said emergency crews were called to Highway 21 and Highway 601 just outside the Village of Alix around 11:30 a.m. for a crash involving an SUV and a minivan.

RCMP say a southbound Honda Odyssey carrying five passengers and westbound Mitsubishi Outlander collided.

Inside the Honda was a man, his wife and their three kids: a 10-month-old girl, a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy. The husband, a 37-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary in critical condition. The baby later died there.

The husband has been identified by friends and his employer as Colin Axelsen, a teacher and basketball coach at Pigeon Lake Regional School.

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The wife and her two sons were taken via ground ambulance to hospital in Red Deer. The mom and her eldest son were later discharged, while the four-year-old remains in hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

All five passengers in the Mitsubishi SUV were also driven to hospital in Red Deer. A 31-year-old woman remains in serious, but non life-threatening condition. Another woman was also taken to hospital. Police said she was not injured, but was under medical observation.

Mounties believe the Mitsubishi Outlander drove through a stop sign, which led to the crash with the Honda.

Police told Global News the family in the minivan was from Wetaskiwin, while the people in the SUV were from the Red Deer area.

RCMP believe alcohol and drugs are not factors in the crash. A collision analyst and local officers are investigating the crash, and charges are pending.

Alix is about 38 kilometres east of Red Deer, Alta.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story initially contained information from RCMP stating that one of the children involved was 10 years old. Friends of the family have since told Global News the child was actually six.

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