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Major truck pile-up claims three lives

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. -- A major chain reaction truck accident involving five tractor-trailers claimed the lives of th...


LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — A major chain reaction truck accident involving five tractor-trailers claimed the lives of three people in the Rocky Mountains last night.

All three casualties were travelling in one truck. There were other injuries reported as well, police reported last night. The accident happened on a narrow stretch of highway about two kilometres west of Lake Louise.

“One like this, it’s a little bit like a plane crash because those trucks just came apart,” Douglas Kerr, area highways manager for Parks Canada told the Canadian Press Thursday. “I’ve seen many accidents involving transport trucks but to have five of them at the same time in the same location is quite unusual.”

The RCMP were on the scene last night investigating the cause of the crash. They said road conditions were in fair to good winter driving condition and the road had recently been sanded. About 8,000 vehicles per day use the stretch of highway, including many commercial vehicles.

Traffic was being diverted off the Trans-Canada highway while the cleanup continued. There have been repeated calls over the year to twin the entire Trans-Canada Highway between Alberta and B.C.


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