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Cochrane RCMP respond to fatal multi-vehicle crash on Highway 8 near traffic circle

Emergency crews responded to a fatal crash on Highway 8 about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Jackie Wilson/Global News

Mounties say a woman is dead and others have serious injuries following a multi-vehicle crash on a southern Alberta highway on Tuesday.

Emergency crews responded to a 911 call about a serious collision involving a pickup truck, a heavy-duty pickup truck and an SUV on Highway 8 about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle at around 4:15 p.m.

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RCMP said the SUV was heading west on Highway 8 when it braked and is “believed to have slid on ice into oncoming traffic” before colliding with the heavy-duty pickup truck that was travelling east on Highway 8.

That caused the SUV to “spin back into the westbound lane, striking a pickup truck that had been travelling westbound behind the SUV,” RCMP said.

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All vehicles ended up in the ditch.

​Two people were in the SUV, RCMP told Global News. The SUV driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital while the passenger, a 72-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Both people were from Cochrane.

The driver and lone occupant of the heavy-duty pickup truck from Calgary was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has since been released, RCMP said.

The driver and passenger of the pickup truck — both from Cochrane — were assessed by EMS at the scene with minor injuries.

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STARS Air Ambulance was initially called to the scene but was stood down.

RCMP asked drivers to avoid the area late Tuesday afternoon. Traffic was diverted as police said Highway 8 east of the Highway 22 traffic circle would likely be blocked for several hours so the collision could be investigated by an RCMP collision reconstructionist.

The scene was cleared around 8 p.m., RCMP said.

– With files from Kaylen Small

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