UPDATE: Man dies in fiery multi-vehicle collision near Ponoka

Icy roads considered a factor in a serious three-vehicle collision on Highway 2

One person has died as a result of a fiery three-vehicle collision near Ponoka.

Emergency crews were called Friday night to the Highway 2 and Highway 53 interchange at about 10:30 p.m.

Three northbound vehicles were involved, including a pickup and a utility trailer, a minivan, and an SUV on the Highway 2 overpass.

It is believed that wintry road conditions were a factor in the collision, say police, as the pickup and trailer collided with the two other vehicles. The trailer ended up rolling while the rear end of the pickup ended up on the trailer.

The minivan ended on its side while the SUV ended up in the fast lanes with someone trapped inside.

The trailer was hauling some propane tanks, which are believed to have exploded and caused a fire between the mini van and trailer. A person in the minivan was trapped and bystanders and crews were unable to extricate the driver, a 46-year-old man, who perished in the flames.

Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department worked to quell the flames while also extricating the trapped woman in the SUV, who was taken to the hospital via ground ambulance. Police say she had non life-threatening injuries. The male driver of the pickup truck was uninjured.

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit was on scene and a collision analyst was called to investigate the incident.

Northbound traffic was closed for about six hours eventually opening up at around 4 a.m.

 

Firefighters work to extricate a woman trapped in a red SUV Friday night on the Highway 2 bridge at the Highway 53 intersection. A truck hauling a trailer collided with a mini-van, which became engulfed in flames, and an SUV. The northbound lanes were closed for about six hours while a collision analyst investigated. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Just Posted

Construction moving ahead on Sylvan Lake wastewater line to Red Deer

The regional wastewater line is expected to be operational by spring 2019

Sylvan Lake’s Our Lady of Assumption looking to the future

The Catholic church is in the early stages of planning for a new church building

Sylvan Lake senior girls Lakers wash over Falcons

The H.J. Cody senior girls Lakers won the recent volleyball game against St. Joe’s 3 sets to zero

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

WATCH: Canadian Finals Rodeo only two weeks away

Mayor calls CFR an opportunity to showcase Red Deer

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

‘Mom, I’m in trouble:’ Canadian faces 10 years for alleged graffiti

Brittney Schneider, another tourist caught spraying message on walls of Tha Pae Gate in Thailand

Feds consulting on national anti-racism strategy behind closed doors

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez says people still face systemic racism in some communities

Pot sales down by nearly 70% on Day 2 of legalization in B.C.

Several products on BC Cannabis Store are still sold out

Colourfully named cannabis products appeal to youth, Tory health critic says

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu says the Liberal government needs to do more to ensure cannabis products available online are not enticing to young people

B.C. high school teacher faces sexual assault charges

A Mt. Boucherie teacher has been charged with child luring, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Most Read