Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

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Frost rain is thought to have contributed to two accidents in rural areas north and south of Edmonton that killed three people early Thursday morning.

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The first crash involving eight vehicles occurred northbound on Highway 2 at the Crandall Bridge around 1 p.m. 6:15. A 64-year-old man from Rimbey was killed.

The Ponoka RCMP’s preliminary investigation revealed that a semi-trailer unit had jackknifed on the highway and was hit by another semi. A third tractor trailer was unable to stop and slid into the crash site.

In all, at least seven semi-trailer units and one SUV were involved. The northbound lanes on Highway 2 were closed and northbound traffic was diverted at the Highway 53 junction until the investigation was completed Thursday night.

The cleanup was necessary as some damaged tankers carried ammonium nitrate, a dangerous substance. Police said the drug was contained and that the “appropriate partners” helped with the cleanup.

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Sturgeon County governed

Two people died in another crash that happened just before noon. 7 on Highway 28 near Township Road 564 in Sturgeon County.

Mounties’ initial investigation showed that a pick-up truck driving north lost control and turned into the southbound lane, where it was hit by a semi-trailer unit that was pulling nitrogen gas.

The truck caught fire and went into the ditch. Both passengers of the truck were pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi-tractor went into the ditch on the other side of the road and the lone motorist came unharmed.

Other drivers stopped to call 911 and help. Morinville RCMP, a collision reconstruction officer, paramedics, firefighters and enforcement services attended. Environment Canada was also involved in the cleanup of the nitrogen gas tanker. The area has since been cleared and the road reopened.

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The cause of the second accident is still being investigated, but icy roads are considered to be a contributing cause.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Icy Edmonton roads

Also on Thursday, Edmontonians handled icy road conditions due to an explosion of icy rain.

According to city police, 59 collisions were reported in the morning, including a hit-and-run, four collisions that caused personal injury and 54 that resulted in property damage.

The Edmonton Transit Service briefly took its fleet of buses off the roads during the morning commute due to the unsafe driving conditions.

Crews are working on the scene of a fatal collision with several vehicles on Highway 2 near Ponoka, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Freezing rain is thought to be the cause of the collision.  SCREENSHOT / PROVIDED BY ADRIENNE SYD
Crews are working on the scene of a fatal collision with several vehicles on Highway 2 near Ponoka, Thursday, November 25, 2021. Freezing rain is thought to be the cause of the collision. SCREENSHOT / PROVIDED BY ADRIENNE SYD jpg

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