Man dies in collision

A 79-year-old Red Deer man died in a four-vehicle collision along Hwy 11 A on Christmas Eve.

A 79-year-old Red Deer man died in a four-vehicle collision along Hwy 11 A on Christmas Eve.

It was one of two collisions police had to be called out to on Christmas Eve along Hwy 11 A.

Police say the road conditions were extremely slippery at the time of the collisions.

Red Deer Rural and Sylvan Lake RCMP were dispatched to the first collision, around six kilometres east of Sylvan Lake, at 4:10 p.m. on Thursday.

Police say it appears three vehicles were travelling eastbound when one car attempted to pass the other two and hit a van travelling westbound head on. The driver of the van, 79, of Red Deer, died at the scene of the collision and the three other occupants of the van had to be taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The 24-year-old driver of the car that attempted to pass was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. The driver of the car is from Grande Prairie.

The Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment is continuing to investigate this collision.

On the way to the initial collision Red Deer Rural detachment members saw a second collision on Hwy 11 A, a little under two kilometres west of Hwy 2, at 4:30 p.m. Police say it appears that a car that was travelling westbound lost control and entered the eastbound lane. The car was hit by a semi truck travelling east on Hwy 11 A. The 22-year-old Red Deer driver of the car was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The semi truck driver was not hurt.

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