Wood Buffalo RCMP investigate double fatal collision – update 1

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in this tragic matter. Identity of one of the occupants has been confirmed, and their next of kin has been notified. Police now believe they know the identity of the second occupant, and are waiting for autopsy confirmation.

Police would like to thank the members of the public who assisted at the scene. Wood Buffalo victim services continue to offer their assistance in this investigation.

This investigation is ongoing.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405


Background:

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On December 10, 2017 at approximately 5:05 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a two motor vehicle collision at the top of Super Test Hill on Highway 63, approximately 20 kms north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The caller had reported a truck rear ended a Diversified bus. However, the investigation revealed the truck was actually a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The minivan was travelling southbound on Highway 63 from the Noralta Lodge exit, and rear ended a passenger coach at the top of Super Test Hill.

Tragically the occupants of the minivan are now both deceased. The driver has been identified, and is a 36 year old Caucasian male. The male passenger has yet to be identified, he is also estimated to be in his thirties. Ongoing efforts are being made to identify the male passenger. The driver and 11 passengers of the Diversified bus have not reported any injuries to police.

If anyone knows who may have been travelling in the 2009 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040. Police would like to respectfully notify the next of kin.

Traffic was down to one lane for several hours while police investigated the collision. Weather and alcohol appear to be factors in the collision. The investigation continues and the name of the deceased males will not be released.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405