Driver inexperience suspected in fatal highway crash

Police say driver inexperience may have played a role in a two-vehicle crash that killed three people on Highway 11

Police say driver inexperience may have played a role in a two-vehicle crash that killed three people on Highway 11 west of Sylvan Lake on Saturday.

The afternoon crash occurred at Range Road 4-2 near Hespero Cemetery, when a Ford Mustang with three males and one female inside collided with a five-ton moving truck.

The westbound Mustang overcorrected after entering the ditch, and crossed the centre line backwards before hitting the eastbound moving truck.

Two of the Mustang’s male passengers and the female passenger were pronounced dead on scene. The other male, who was driving at the time, was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, where he remains in critical condition.

Neither the driver nor the passenger of the truck were injured.

The scene was examined by an RCMP collision analyst, and witness statements were collected by RCMP.

Police say there was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, but driver inexperience, they feel, may have been at fault.

The three deceased were Filipino foreign workers who, along with the driver, were heading to Rocky Mountain House following a language training session in Red Deer.

At press time, police were working with the deceased’s employers to provide next of kin notification to family overseas. Names were not being released.