An RCMP spokesperson told Global News on Monday that investigators believe heavy fog and icy roads may be factors in two serious accidents on a northern Alberta highway, one of which left a man dead.
According to the RCMP, the fatal accident involved a car and a van and. They said police were called to the collision at 5:07 pm.
In a press release issued shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, police said the accident occurred on Highway 2, about three miles north of the town of Sexsmith.
Police said emergency services personnel, including members of the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment, responded to the scene and an investigation is ongoing.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that both vehicles were traveling north on Highway 2 when the collision occurred,” the RCMP said, adding that the man driving the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man who died was the only person in the car. Police said there were two people in the truck, but neither was injured.
“Northbound traffic on Highway 2 has been diverted onto Highway 674,” police said. “An RCMP collision reconstructor is assisting with the investigation. RCMP is warning motorists traveling in the area to expect delays. “
Second collision on Highway 2 near Sexsmith
The RCMP issued a press release Monday afternoon following an unrelated collision on Highway 2 in northern Alberta.
Police said the accident occurred in the area of Highway 2 and Township Road 734 and involved a van and a logging truck.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the southbound semi-trailer collided with the SUV traveling eastbound on Township Road 734 from Sexsmith,” the RCMP said.
“The driver of the van, an adult woman, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the semi-trailer was not physically injured ”.
The RCMP was called to that collision at 4:23 pm.
Police said that while the investigation continues, southbound traffic on Highway 2 has been reduced to one lane. They said drivers in the area should expect delays.
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