Driftpile First Nation, Alta. – On May 1, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m., the High Prairie RCMP, along with Emergency Services and Lakeshore Police Service responded to a complaint of a serious three vehicle collision on Highway 2 at the Driftpile First Nation. The collision occurred on the bridge and traffic was diverted while the collision was investigated.
Preliminary investigation has determined that an SUV, traveling westbound on Highway 2 struck a car traveling eastbound. After that initial impact, the SUV then struck a van traveling eastbound. The collision occurred in the eastbound lane.
The 36-year-old female driver of the van, as well as two passengers, a 12-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl were pronounced deceased on scene. The van caught fire, and a bystander was able to pull out, and save, a 4-year-old girl who was a passenger in the van. The young girl was transported to the Childrens’ Hospital. She has suffered a broken bone and remains in the hospital.
The two 17-year-old occupants of the car were treated by EMS on scene and released with minor injuries.
The 57-year-old female driver, and lone occupant, of the grey SUV was transported via STARS to an Edmonton Hospital.
She remains in the hospital in serious, but stable condition.
Everyone involved in this collision are area residents.
An RCMP Collision Analyst attended the scene of the collision and is currently investigating the cause of this collision. As well, Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation attended to examine the collision site.
All possible contributing factors related to this collision are being considered and the collision remains under RCMP investigation. If anyone was a witness to this collision please contact the High Prairie RCMP at 780-523-3378.