1 dead, 4 injured in accident near Fort McMurray airport

A 16-year-old man was killed in an accident in northern Alberta on Saturday that injured four other people.

The accident happened at about 4pm on Highway 69, east of Fort McMurray International Airport turn-off.

Mounties believes a pickup truck driver was trying to pass a semi that was slowing down to turn right when it crashed head-on into a small car.

A 16-year-old female passenger of the westbound car was thrown from the vehicle, Mounties said. STARS took her to an Edmonton hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries.

A few more teenagers in the car, also both 16, sustained injuries described as “critical”.

The bakkie driver, a 28-year-old man, was taken to hospital and is expected to survive.

The semi-driver was not injured.

Police are investigating, but noted: “Road conditions at the time of the collision were icy and snow covered and visibility was reduced due to snowfall.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Fort McMurray RCMP at (780) 788-4040.


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