Seven killed in crashes on Alberta highways in 24 hours

Emergency crews pictured at a fatal crash near Irricana, Alta. (Miriam Ostermann/QMI Agency)

Emergency crews pictured at a fatal crash near Irricana, Alta. (Miriam Ostermann/QMI Agency)

Shawn Logan, Jenna McMurray, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

CALGARY - Seven people were killed on Alberta highways in less than 24 hours this week.

Four people died in a crash between a motorhome and a car south of Jasper Wednesday evening.

Emergency crews were called out about 7 p.m. to the scene on Hwy. 93, about 20 km south Jasper.

Sgt. Josee Valiquette said the family in the car -- a 47-year-old-man, a 47-year-old woman and their 15-year-old son -- died at the scene, as did the 79-year-old female passenger of the motorhome.

The elderly dirver of the motorhome, the passenger's husband, was flown to hospital in Edmonton by STARS Air Ambulance.

Valiquette said all persons involved are from outside of Canada and RCMP were working to notify their next of kin.

The highway was shut down in both directions and traffic was being rerouted to Hwy. 93A.

Meanwhile, separate crashes, hours apart, left three dead on rural highways in southern Alberta.

About 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, an SUV slammed head-on with an oncoming gravel truck in a fiery collision on Hwy. 9, about 4 km south of Irricana.

RCMP said the driver of the SUV was heading north into the town about 60 km northeast of Calgary when the vehicle swerved right and suddenly overcorrected to the left, coming right into the path of the gravel truck.

Both vehicles ignited on impact and the SUV’s driver, who witnesses suggest may have been driving distracted, died at the scene.

 


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