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One dead after 3 semis crash on Circle Drive: Saskatoon police

Saskatoon police say a semi driver is dead after three super-B semis crashed on Circle Drive near the College Street exit. Saskatoon Fire Department / Supplied

UPDATE: Distracted driving cause of fatal semi crash on Circle Drive in Saskatoon

Circle Drive northbound has re-opened to traffic after a fatal crash on Wednesday morning.

The crash between three super-B semis happened just before 9:30 a.m. near the College Drive exit, according to Saskatoon police.

The driver of one semi, a 51-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene. Police have not released his name.

One other driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the third was not hurt, say police.

The section of road was closed for 21 hours while the collision analyst unit investigated. It re-opened to traffic just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

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No other details have been released by police.

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Officers are also reporting that motorists are driving by and using their cellphones to take pictures or video. Police said this is illegal and officers may be following up with tickets to those drivers.

It is not yet known if the crash is related to one earlier in the morning on Circle Drive.

A southbound vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck around 6 a.m. north of the 108th Street exit, causing it to strike a light pole and blocking northbound traffic.

A northbound semi-truck driver attempted to stop, but a load of metal lengths being transported became unsecured and went through the cab of the semi.

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No injuries were reported in the crash.

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