Six people have been injured in a serious collision on Highway 63. The collision happened at 7:30pm at the 18km mark (18km north of Atmore) of Highway 63 and involved three vehicles. Initial witness reports indicate that a southbound semi tractor trailer lost control while applying brakes and crossed into oncomming traffic. The semi struck two northbound cars.
The first car had been occupied by a lone driver. The driver suffered serious but non life threatening injuries.
EDMONTON – The second vehicle contained four occupants and immediately burst into flames. Nearby construction workers witnessed the collision and rendered assistance to the injured parties in the burning vehicle. All four occupants were removed from the car and given first aid before the vehicle became fully engulfed.
Three of the injured occupants have been flown to Edmonton Hospitals via STARS and fixed wing aircraft. The remaining injured parties were brought to area hospitals.
Highway 63 remains closed in both directions while the investigation and clean-up takes place. Traffic is being redirected around the collision using an industrial road. The collision caused the closure of Highway 63 16km north of the Highway 55 junction. The closure lasted for a period of nine hours. The highway is set to reopen to traffic at 3:00am MDT.
Three of the victims who were transported to Edmonton are considered in serious condition. Among the injured are a female aged 21 and two males aged 19 and 48. The injured parties were from the same vehicle and are related to one another.
Investigators continue to investigate the cause of this collision.
Alcohol is not believed to have played a role in this collision.