Highway crash claims life of Sylvan Lake man

A Sylvan Lake man is dead following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11A between Sylvan Lake and Red Deer Dec. 17.

A Sylvan Lake man is dead following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11A between Sylvan Lake and Red Deer Dec. 17.

Blackfalds RCMP and Innisfail Integrated Traffic Unit officers responded to the scene around 7:30 p.m., where they determined that an eastbound van collided with a westbound one-ton pickup truck.

Police say the van was travelling at a high speed when its driver lost control of the vehicle before veering into the opposite lane and colliding with the truck.

The van driver, a 51-year-old Sylvan Lake man, was pronounced dead on scene. At the request of his family, his name is not being released.

The truck’s occupants were released from hospital after being treated for minor injuries.

The collision caused traffic to be re-routed around the scene for about four hours while RCMP investigated.

At press time, police said they weren’t sure whether alcohol may have been a factor.