On Jan. 4 the Vegreville RCMP received a report of a collision Highway 16 at Range Road 125 east of Vegreville blocking all west bound lanes of travel.
The investigation has revealed that all three vehicles were travelling west bound. A minivan collided with the back of semi-tractor trailer unit that had braked for a slower moving vehicle ahead of it. The van was then struck on the rear left corner by a semi-tractor trailer that was following.
Cpl. Shawn Morgan is a Media Relations Officer with the Eastern Alberta District RCMP.
“The driver of the mini van was trapped inside the vehicle and was extricated by the Vegreville Fire Department and EMS,” Cpl. Morgan said. “The driver, a 60-year-old man, from Ranfurly, Alta. was airlifted by STARS to a hospital in Edmonton for serious but non life-threatening injuries.”
The drivers of the semi-tractor trailer units were not physically injured.
“All three west bound lanes of Highway 16 were blocked as a result of the collision and traffic was diverted until approximately 6:45 p.m. as emergency crews cleared the vehicles and debris,” Cpl. Morgan said. “The Vegreville RCMP thank the public for their patience and understanding.”
The Vegreville RCMP and RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstruction continue to investigate the cause of the collision; however, weather and road conditions played a factor.
No charges are anticipated.