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40 vehicle collision outside of Edmonton

Watch the video above: Shannon Greer reports on the pileup in southern Strathcona County. Julie Matthews, who came across the scene, talks about her own experience.

EDMONTON – RCMP say about 40 vehicles were involved in a collision Wednesday morning.

It happened roughly 22 kilometres south of Sherwood Park, on Highway 21 near Township Road 510. The pileup stretched over one kilometre, affecting vehicles in both directions.

Despite the magnitude, police have only reported minor injuries.

Heavy fog in the area had reduced visibility in the area to “zero.”

Emergency crews respond to a 40-car pileup on Highway 21 Wednesday morning. Julie Matthews, Global News

Rod Smith was involved in the multi-vehicle pileup after stopping behind other vehicles on the highway.

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“I put my four-ways on so no one could hit me. The woman in the SUV behind me, she piled into me and then this fella beside me, he hit her, knocked her out of the way and he hit me.”

But Smith’s ordeal wasn’t over.

“I got out of my truck to see what was going on. He was getting out of his. I told him to get back in his truck,” explains Smith. “The transport truck was coming up to hit him. I got in front of my truck. The transport hit him which hit my truck and then my truck hit me.”

Smith walked away from the multi-vehicle pileup with an injured arm.

WATCH: Driver involved in multi-vehicle pileup describes frightening experience

Larry Gibson narrowly avoided the collision.

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“I saw someone flashing their lights and I looked up, my wife hollered, and we hit the breaks and just missed colliding with the car in front of us. She avoided the truck in front of her,” recounts Gibson.

WATCH: Driver Larry Gibson describes narrowly escaping multi-vehicle crash

Highway 21 was shut down in the area. It re-opened around 2:30 p.m., after vehicles were towed from the highway and debris cleaned up.

Motorists are being advised to use caution, as dense fog patches are still being reported in outlying areas.

An investigation into the crash continues.

WATCH: Julie Matthews reports on the collision

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