Six sent to hospital in 16-vehicle collision north of Grande Prairie – Alberta Daily Herald Tribune

Six sent to hospital in 16-vehicle collision north of Grande Prairie - Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Lots of screaming: 16-vehicle crash shuts down highway near Grande Prairie, Alta.
A major motor vehicle collision occurred north of Grande Prairie on Wednesday that resulted in six people being sent to the hospital.

Weather and road conditions were factors in this multi-vehicle collision, according to a preliminary investigation.

BREAKING: Major accident on Highway 2 north of Emerson Trail

“At the time of the collision, there was thick, heavy fog which caused reduced visibility and icy roadways,” an RCMP release stated, adding that speed was also being investigated as a factor.

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At about 9:35 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a 911 call of a multi-vehicle collision along Highway 2 north of Emerson Trail (Highway 672). Five people who sustained serious injuries were transported to the hospital, while EMS and Fire treated numerous passengers on scene for minor injuries.

Northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 2 were blocked for more than an hour and detours were set up. Police have since re-opened the highway.

A 16-year-old female in critical condition was also transported to the hospital. Her condition has since been updated to stable. STARS Air Ambulance was also deployed to assist.

A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle collision on HIghway 2 north of Grande Prairie Wednesday morning.

Highway 2 was rendered impassable for several hours so emergency crews could safely attend the scene. Detours were put in place with the help of County Regional Enforcement Services, Alberta Fish and Wildlife, and Ledcor.

While both the southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 2 were blocked, Grande Prairie RCMP noted only the southbound lanes were directly impacted by the collision.

The 16-year-old girl was taken to hospital in critical condition. Her condition was later updated to stable, police said.

“RCMP remind motorists that weather and road conditions can change quickly at this time of year, leading to icy roadways and reduced visibility,” the release stated.

RCMP encourage motorists to reduce speed and allow extra time for travelling due to unpredictable conditions.

“Motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and allow themselves extra time for travelling due to the unpredictable conditions.”

CLARIFICATION: There were five who sustained major injuries and also the 16-year-old female who was in serious condition, totaling six sent to the hospital. RCMP have also since clarified that STARS Air Ambulance was only deployed to assist and did not transport a patient.

EDMONTON — A serious collision involving 16 vehicles shut down a highway north of Grande Prairie, Alta., with witnesses describing the devastation as chaotic and traumatizing.

RCMP said the collision occurred in the southbound lanes of Highway 2, north of Emerson Trail near Highway 672. Both lanes of the highway were shut down for hours but have since reopened.

Photos from the scene showed dozens of smashed cars and injured passengers. Witness Pancho Driedger said he drove up on the accident scene shortly after it happened.

"I saw a bunch of, at least 40 vehicles just scattered across the road and into the ditches and lots of screaming," he said. "There was this young girl sitting on her moms lap and just bleeding really badly. She passed out a couple times. I went and put my jacket over her just to make sure she was warm."

SEMS treated 29 patients, Alberta Health Services told CTV News Edmonton. Twenty-six of them were taken to hospital: six in non-life threatening condition and 20 with minor injuries.

A 16-year-old woman was among the injured and was transported to hospital in critical condition. Her condition has since been upgraded to stable, according to RCMP.

Police say weather and road conditions were factors in the collision as thick, heavy fog reduced visibility along icy roadways. Investigators are working to determine if speed was also a factor. 

Driedger said others were in the ditch, injured and cold, and called the entire ordeal "traumatizing."

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. local time, Grande Prairie RCMP said Highway 2 reopened to traffic in all directions and that emergency crews were no longer on scene.

"RCMP continue to investigate this collision," Mounties said in a news release. No charges have been laid. 

Grande Prairie, a community of around 63,000 people, is roughly 390 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

511 Alberta said the crash occurred on Highway 2 at Highway 672 north of the city Wednesday morning. 2