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2 people killed after vehicle collides with moose in northern Alberta: RCMP

Wood Buffalo RCMP say the driver and a passenger died at the scene. Global News/File

Two people died in a collision in northern Alberta early Thursday morning, according to Wood Buffalo RCMP.

A vehicle crashed into a moose on Highway 881, about 20 kilometres north of the hamlet of Conklin, at around 12:30 a.m. According to police, the vehicle was headed south on Highway 881 when it hit the animal about two kilometres north of the Janvier Access Road.

The man driving the vehicle and a woman who was travelling with him died at the scene, according to RCMP.

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Two other passengers, a man and a youth, were taken to hospital with minor injuries and later released.

RCMP said the moose was found dead at the scene.

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Traffic on Highway 881 around the crash site was being rerouted as Wood Buffalo RCMP and an RCMP collision analyst investigated the fatal collision. Shortly after 5 p.m., police said traffic was no longer being rerouted.

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RCMP said the names of the victims will not be released.

Conklin is about 150 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.

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