February 22, 2019 6:23 pm
Updated: February 23, 2019 1:46 am

Family identifies man killed in highway collision near Taber

WATCH ABOVE: 39-year-old Charles Russell has been identified by family as the man who died in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 36 near Taber, Alta. on Wednesday. Tom Roulston has more.


A family member has identified the man who died in a two-vehicle collision near Taber.

On Wednesday, 39-year-old Charles Russell was behind the wheel of his family’s van, travelling with his 27-year-old wife and two daughters on Highway 36 when the northbound vehicle collided head-on with a southbound truck.

READ MORE: 1 dead, 4 injured in 2-vehicle collision near Taber

Russell died at the scene, but his three family members all survived the collision, suffering various injuries.

One of his children was flown by STARS Air Ambulance to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary where family say she underwent brain surgery and is said to be recovering well.

Another child is also in hospital recovering from non-life-threatening injuries. Russell’s widow suffered leg injuries but is now out of hospital and with her children.

WATCH: A 39-year-old man is dead, and four others – including two children – were injured after a head-on crash north of Taber on Wednesday. Demi Knight has the details. (Aired Feb.22, 2019)

A GoFundMe page has been created by Russell’s niece to help support his surviving family members.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, the campaign had collected more than $1,000 of its $5,000 fundraising goal.

Charles Russell is described by family as a giving and funny person, loved by many.

Taber RCMP continue to investigate Wednesday’s collision but were not providing any updates as of Friday afternoon.

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