Wood Buffalo RCMP respond to serious motor vehicle collision – update 2

Posted on Dec 19, 2017

December 19, 2017

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On December 16, 2017 at approximately 10:33 a.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP and Emergency Medical Services responded to a 911 call reporting a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 63, approximately 95 kms south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The driver and lone occupant of a flat bed tow truck was rear ended by a car heading southbound on Highway 63. The car struck the rear of the tow truck while the tow truck was stationary. The car had two female occupants in the vehicle. The driver of the tow truck has not reported any injuries to police.

The 19 year old female driver of the car that collided into the tow truck succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 19 year old female passenger was transported to an Edmonton-area hospital via Phoenix helicopter with serious life-threatening injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries as well, and was pronounced deceased at hospital.

Traffic was down to one lane for several hours while the RCMP conducted their investigation and crews removed debris. The southbound lanes of Highway 63 were impassible at various times during the investigation.

All possible contributing factors related to this collision are being considered, and the accident remains under investigation. Road conditions at the time were slippery with slush and icy sections.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and all of the people who have been impacted by this tragedy. The identity of the deceased females will not be released. Wood Buffalo Victim Services are offering assistance to family, friends, and witnesses to this collision. If anyone who has not yet been contacted and requires assistance, please call 1-780-788-4250 to speak with Wood Buffalo Victim Services.

Wood Buffalo RCMP along with an RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate.

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.

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

 


BACKGROUND:

December 16, 2017

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to advise all vehicles involved have been removed from the area of the collision. Both lanes on Highway 63 southbound are now open for travel. Emergency crews are no longer on scene.

Wood Buffalo RCMP and RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate. It has been confirmed one person is deceased as a result of this collision. An update will be provided when new information becomes available.

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.

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

 


BACKGROUND:

December 16, 2017

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to advise they received a 911 call for a serious motor vehicle collision on Highway 63 approximately 95 kms south of Fort McMurray, on December 16, 2017 at approximately 10:33 a.m. The southbound lane of Highway 63 is affected at this time, and will be for several more hours. The far right lane of Highway 63 is open to allow traffic through.

Weather and road conditions are constantly changing this winter season. If you must travel in the area, slow down and adjust your driving to the mixed freezing rain and snow conditions. Freezing rain and icy roads pose unique challenges and safety risks for all motorist. Please slow down, have patience, and be alert when passing emergency services personnel.

All possible contributing factors related to this collision are being considered, and the accident remains under investigation

An update will be provided as soon as possible.

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