October 13, 2018 2:34 pm

Man killed in fiery three-vehicle crash on QEII near Ponoka

File image of a traffic sign for the QEII highway in central Alberta.

Global News File

A man trapped in a burning vehicle was killed and a woman was taken to hospital following a three-vehicle collision on Highway 2 near Ponoka late Friday night.

The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the QEII at the Highway 53 overpass.

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RCMP said a pickup truck hauling a utility trailer collided with a minivan and an SUV, all of which were driving north on Alberta’s busiest highway.

The minivan caught on fire. The 46-year-old man driving it was unable to escape the vehicle and died of his injuries.

The woman driving the SUV was taken to hospital via ground ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

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The man driving the truck was not injured.

RCMP continue to investigate, but said weather was believed to be a factor in the crash.

It was rainy, snowy and windy across much of central Alberta on Friday night with the temperature hovering around freezing.

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