Alberta wind storm causes fatal crashes

Wind gust were over 100km/hr in Edmonton, AB., on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014.  Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun/...

Wind gust were over 100km/hr in Edmonton, AB., on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014. Perry Mah/Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

Allison Salz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

EDMONTON — Gusting winds as high as 120 km/h contributed to multiple crashes and two deaths in Alberta on Wednesday.

On Hwy. 44, the winds killed a motorist who was blown into the ditch before a second vehicle was swept off the road, crushing the driver who had exited his car.

Mounties say the first car was travelling on Hwy. 44 about 20 kilometre north of Westlock, Alta., when a gust of wind, which surged to about 120 km/h throughout the day, tossed his vehicle into the ditch.

The man had exited his stuck vehicle when a passing truck was blown into the ditch, striking the victim, who died of his injuries.


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