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Fatal collision near Sundre

A senior is dead after a collision with a semi-trailer on Saturday morning near Sundre.

Sundre RCMP say a 67-year-old man was travelling south on Range Road 44, near Township Road 334 north of Hwy 27 when his pickup collided with a northbound transport truck around 10:40 a.m.

“The man saw the approaching semi-truck and he moved over to the side of the road to allow extra room for them to pass each other. Unfortunately he moved over a little bit too far and his tires caught the edge of the road and he started to become sucked into the ditch. He tried to correct that and when his vehicle did come out of the ditch, it crossed the road into the path of the oncoming semi-truck,” said Const. Abram Letkeman.

The man, who lived in the Sundre area, died at the scene.

The male driver of the semi was not injured. Police say he tried to avoid the pickup but was unable to do so.

The semi was loaded with water.

“The road did have icy patches however the contributing factor to this collision was he moved over a little bit too far,” Letkeman said.

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash. No charges are pending.

The name of the man in the pickup will not be released until all family members have been notified.

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