January 2, 2018
Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On January 2, 2018 at approximately 5:04 p.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP and Emergency Medical Services responded to a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 63, approximately 3 kms north of Fort McKay, Alberta.
The driver and lone occupant of a wide load transport truck was struck by a pick up truck heading southbound on Highway 63. The pick up truck struck the vehicle equipment on the wide load trailer while the transport truck was travelling northbound. The wide load transport truck had pilot vehicles travelling northbound in front of the wide load, and behind the wide load. The driver of the wide load transport truck has not reported any injuries to police.
The 51 year old male driver of the pick up truck that collided into the wide load succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 66 year old male passenger was transported to hospital via helicopter and is currently receiving medical treatment. The extent of the injuries the passenger has sustained are unknown at this time.
Highway 63 was temporarily affected while emergency crews were on scene. Emergency crews have completed their investigation at the scene, and both lanes are now open for travel.
Wood Buffalo RCMP along with an RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate. All possible contributing factors related to this collision are being considered.
The RCMP members are in the process of notifying the next of kin. The identity of the individuals involved will not be released out of respect for the families involved. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family, friends, and all of the people who have been impacted by this tragedy. Wood Buffalo Victim Services is available at 780-788-4250 and are offering assistance to family, friends, and witnesses to this collision.
If you have any information regarding this matter, you are asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040, or your local police. Alternatively, if you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or on the internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You are not required to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC