One dead in highway crash north of Calgary following morning snowfall
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:37 -
One person is dead following a multi-vehicle crash north of Calgary Thursday morning.
The accident occurred on the QEII Highway at around 8:15 a.m. local time and left a stretch of the southbound lane closed for about seven hours.
Another patient was taken to hospital but is in stable condition while four others sustained non life-threatening injuries, according to EMS officials.
Weather likely played a role, with eye-witnesses reporting white-out conditions at the time of the crash. One truck driver told local media that some motorists appeared to be driving too fast for the conditions.
According to the RCMP two separate collisions, involving about 40 cars, occurred within close proximity to one another in the southbound lanes between Carstairs and Didsbury.
Authorities have set up an emergency centre at a nearby arena for affected motorists.
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A low pressure system has been making a mess of roadways in the Prairies this week, with multiple whiteouts reported across the region.
On Wednesday, Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan, along with freezing rain warnings for southern Saskatchewan.
The heaviest snow from the system hit southern Alberta Thursday morning.