January 14, 2016 9:41 pm

Witnesses try to save driver after crash on Highway 63

October 19 Announcement of 36 km of twinning opening Highway 63 and 2016 completion date for Highway 63 twinning.

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A 51-year-old man from Fort McMurray died Thursday morning when he lost control of his car on Highway 63 north of Wandering River.

RCMP said it happened at 8 a.m.

The man’s Honda Civic was heading south when it rolled into the centre median.

Witnesses performed first aid on the man until paramedics arrived.

He was taken to hospital in critical condition but did not survive.

A woman who was a passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries and was later released from hospital.

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The name of the man is not being released, but his family has been notified.

RCMP said weather at the time of the crash was snowy, with ice and blowing snow covering the road. Investigators have ruled out drugs, alcohol and distracted driving as factors in the crash.

READ MORE: Interactive map brings attention to fatalities on Alberta highways

Highway 63 connects Edmonton to northern Alberta, including many oil sands sites.

READ MORE: Twinning of Highway 63 now 99% complete: Alberta government 

It has been the scene of many fatal crashes. A project to twin the highway is nearly complete.

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