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Blackfalds trucker facing charges after fatal collision

A Blackfalds transport truck driver faces charges of dangerous driving causing death after a Three Hills construction worker was killed in a crash near Beiseker.

According to an RCMP release, police investigation indicated the transport truck was travelling northbound on Hwy 21 when it failed to stop for a posted stop sign at a controlled intersection, with Hwy 9, and collided with a compact car travelling eastbound. The two vehicles then struck a third, a pickup parked north of the intersection.

Two workers, an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, both from Three Hills, who were doing highway maintenance at the time, were hit by the vehicles.

The 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 19-year-old woman was airlifted by STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition. She remains in intensive care.

The occupant the compact car that was hit was transported to hospital by ground ambulance and has since been release from hospital.

Police said the transport truck eventually came to a stop 80 metres away, in a farm field.

A 35-year-old Blackfalds man driving the transport truck faces charges including one count of dangerous driving causing death and two more of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Police did not name the driver.

Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver said on Tuesday the workers were employees of Carillion Canada, which was on contract with the provincial government.

“Our hearts go out to their families and friends during this time,” said McIver.

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety, Alberta Transportation and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are all reviewing the crash.

Names of the victims were not released by police.

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