3 people injured in multi-vehicle collision on Highway 16 near Jasper airport

File: RCMP cruiser. Global News

Three people were taken to hospital Tuesday afternoon after a serious multi-vehicle collision on Highway 16 near Jasper.

At around 12:20 p.m., Jasper RCMP received a 911 call about a four-vehicle collision on Highway 16 near the Jasper airport.

The collision occurred about 15 kilometres east of the Jasper townsite, according to 511 Alberta. RCMP said the site was about one kilometre east of the Jasper airport.

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In an update on Thursday, the RCMP said a passenger van was stopped in the eastbound lanes of Highway 16 because wildlife was crossing the road.

An SUV was also stopped on the highway in the westbound lanes.

Once the animals were off the road, the van began to drive again when RCMP believe an empty fuel tanker heading east on Highway 16 rear-ended the van, causing it to cross into oncoming traffic and collide with the SUV.

A semi-trailer heading east on Highway 16 behind the fuel tanker took “evasive action,” according to RCMP and went off the road.

The driver of the van suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where they remained until Wednesday.

The passenger of the van was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to hospital where they remain in serious but stable condition, RCMP said Thursday.

The driver of the SUV was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the fuel tanker and semi-tractor were not injured in the collision.

The highway was closed for several hours Tuesday while RCMP conducted their investigation.

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