September 13, 2017 1:16 am
Updated: September 13, 2017 12:54 pm

Red Deer man killed in construction zone accident north of Calgary

WATCH: A man has died in a construction zone Tuesday evening on the QEII just south of the Highway 72 overpass.

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Occupational Health and Safety is investigating after a Red Deer man was killed in a workplace accident along the QEII Highway north of Calgary on Tuesday.

Emergency crews were called to a construction zone in the northbound lanes of Highway 2 near Crossfield, Alta., just south of the Highway 72 overpass, at around 9 p.m.

RCMP said traffic in the area had been reduced to one lane in the construction zone as crews worked to remove steel girders, loading them into a flat-deck trailer with an excavator.

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Investigators believe a steel girder had swung into the path of traffic while being lifted onto the flat-deck trailer, causing it to be hit by a northbound semi-trailer.

“The resulting impact struck a construction worker,” RCMP said in a Wednesday news release. “He was pronounced dead on scene.”

RCMP said the name of the 37-year-old victim will not be released.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and remained on scene.

The incident caused northbound lanes to be closed for approximately three hours.

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