January 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Updated: January 12, 2018 1:53 am

1 dead after major crash shuts down southbound lanes of QE2 near Lacombe

WATCH ABOVE: Alberta's busiest highway shut down in one direction near Lacombe on Thursday following a crash involving two semi-trucks.

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RCMP are investigating after one person was killed during a “major collision” that forced traffic to a standstill southbound on Alberta’s busiest highway Thursday afternoon.

Shortly after 4:30 p.m., police said emergency responders and collision analysts were at the scene.

Police did not provide details about the victim but said investigators believe the collision occurred when a semi-truck rear-ended another semi-truck that had stopped and pulled over on the side of the road.

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According to the RCMP, the semi-truck that was pulled over was unoccupied and had “two empty enclosed trailers.” They said it was waiting for repairs and that “emergency triangles” were in place at the time of the collision.

Police said the driver of the semi-truck that rear-ended the stationary one was a 58-year-old man from Red Deer and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured.

For several hours, southbound traffic in the area was being diverted to Highway 2A while northbound traffic was also impacted. Shortly after 11:30 p.m., police said traffic in the area was no longer being diverted.

“Innisfail and Ponoka traffic services along with an RCMP collision analyst from Red Deer continue to investigate all factors contributing to this collision,” the RCMP said in a news release.

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