A photo provided by RCMP shows the wreckage of two vehicles on Hwy 2 near Innisfail

Suspect in fatal crash held in custody

The Cochrane man accused of causing a collision in which four people died near Innisfail late Sunday night remains in custody pending a court hearing on Friday.

The Cochrane man accused of causing a collision in which four people died near Innisfail late Sunday night remains in custody pending a court hearing on Friday.

Tyler James Stevens, 29, faces 14 criminal charges in relation to the collision, which occurred on the southbound lanes of Hwy 2 near the Cottonwood Road at about 11:15 p.m.

Police allege that Stevens was the sole occupant of an SUV that was heading north in a southbound lane when it collided with a southbound SUV carrying five temporary foreign workers employed by an Edmonton hotel.

Names of the deceased are being withheld until Thursday afternoon to give police time to contact their families.

Dead are two men, both age 35, and two women, one 39 and one 52.

The surviving passenger, a 28-year-old woman, is being treated in Edmonton for injuries she suffered during the crash.

Treated in Red Deer hospital for injuries and then taken into custody, Stevens faces four counts of impaired driving causing death, one count of impaired driving causing injury, four counts of failing to provide a breath sample after a collision resulting in death, four counts of criminal negligence in operating a vehicle causing death and one count of criminal negligence in operating a vehicle causing injury.

Stevens made his first appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Monday afternoon and was brought back for a brief appearance on Tuesday morning to address bail.

He remains in custody pending results of a hearing set for Friday afternoon, when the court will determine whether he can be released and the conditions of his release if allowed.

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