EDMONTON – A highway in eastern Alberta reopened Saturday evening after being blocked Friday by a serious crash involving a train and several fluid hauler trucks.
A man was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after three fluid haulers collided with a train near the Alberta, Saskatchewan border Friday morning.
A moving train collided with the first fluid hauler truck at around 6:45 a.m. near the community of Islay, at secondary Highway 893. That’s about 45 kilometres west of Lloydminster.
A second fluid hauler was then hit by the first truck, which rolled and ended up upside down in the ditch. After that, a third fluid hauler hit the train and ended up in the ditch.
The man driving one of the haulers was taken to hospital in Edmonton via STARS Air Ambulance with serious injuries. The other two drivers were treated on scene for minor injuries.
There were no injuries reported by those operating the train.
Several train cars came off the tracks in the collision. However, Kitscoty RCMP said the cars were empty at the time and no hazardous goods were spilled. All three of the haulers were also empty.
The train cars were blocking the highway. Highway 893 was shut down between Highway 16 and Township Road 512 for about 36 hours. It reopened around 7 p.m. Saturday after the derailment clean up was completed.