RCMP confirm one death in Highway 43 pileup

By Sheldon Spackman
December 23, 2017 - 3:20pm Updated: December 24, 2017 - 2:14pm

RCMP have confirmed at least one death after two separate multi-vehicle crashes along Highway 43 in northern Alberta Saturday afternoon.

The first one happened shortly after 1:00 p.m. in the eastbound lanes about 20 kilometres east of Fox Creek. It took place in a valley near the Losegun River and involved 17 vehicles, while a second crash occurred about one kilometre east of the initial crash soon afterwards and involved 15 vehicles.

Mounties say one man involved in the first crash has succumbed to his injuries but no word at this time about his age or where he is from.

The pileups resulted in traffic being down to one lane for several hours while emergency crews worked to clear the scene.

As snow continues to fall throughout many areas of the province today, motorists are reminded to drive with caution and watch out for snow plows. Alberta Transportation is currently reporting many highways around Red Deer and throughout most of central Alberta to be at least partly covered in snow and ice with 2- 4 centimetres of snow expected in the Red Deer region on Sunday.

RCMP recommend travel only if necessary. 

For more information on highway conditions throughout the province, visit www.511.alberta.ca.

LOCATED: 16 y/o Haley Saskatchewan of Wetaskiwin

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