Bridge at Lea Park impassable following collision

Update

Yesterday (27 Dec 17) the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority (BRFA) lost a member of our EMS family in a tragic motor vehicle accident on Highway 897. Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Cameron Griffiths was traveling to work in Bonnyville from his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was involved in a head-on collision near Lea Park.

Cameron did his PCP practicum with the BRFA in 2016, and then was employed with BRFA in April of 2017. During his time with the service he demonstrated a sheer joy in providing emergency medical care to the community and he will be missed by his co-workers, hospital staff and the people he helped in the community.

The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority is sadden by this untimely loss and has reached out to his family to support them.

Update

Traffic on Highway 897 is no longer being re-routed.

This morning at approximately 9:40 a.m., Kitscoty RCMP responded to a two vehicle motor collision on Highway 897.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a SUV travelling northbound on Highway 897 lost control and collided with a southbound pickup truck. There were icy road conditions at the time of the collision.

Tragically, the lone occupant of the SUV, a 41-year-old male from Saskatoon was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The male driver of the pickup truck was not injured. An adult female occupant was air lifted to an Edmonton hospital via STARS with serious non-life threatening injuries. Three other adult occupants of the truck were transferred via EMS to local hospital with minor injuries.

Photo credit: Erin Vadasz

Traffic was re-routed on Highway 897 for several hours due to the collision. Kitscoty RCMP along with a RCMP Collision Analyst continue to investigate. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor.

The name of the deceased will not be released and no further updates are anticipated.

Background

Kitscoty RCMP are currently on the scene of a serious two vehicle collision. Highway 897, on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River bridge, is currently impassible due to the collision. Emergency crews are presently on scene and will remain there for several hours. Motorists are urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes until the scene is cleared.

Updates will be provided when the highway is clear of the collision investigation.

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