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UPDATE: Second death in highway collision south of Alder Flats

Both men were passengers

Two men are dead following a two-vehicle collision on Hwy 22 near Rimbey area early Wednesday morning.

Early investigation indicates a truck travelling westbound on Hwy 53 collided with a truck travelling northbound on Hwy 22, south of Alder Flats.

Both men who died were passengers of the northbound truck — a 34-year-old from Rocky Mountain House and a 36-year-old living in Rocky Mountain House.

Rimbey RCMP responded to the collision at 6:46 a.m. at Hwy 22 and Hwy 53.

One of the occupants in the truck travelling northbound died on the scene while the other two occupants of the truck were taken to a nearby hospital following the collision. RCMP said one of the two men succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The second occupant in the truck travelling northbound, a 41-year-old driver has been released from the hospital.

A lone woman driver of the truck travelling westbound was also been taken to hospital. The 24-year-old woman remains in the hospital with serious injuries.

Traffic was delayed while an RCMP collision analyst attended the scene. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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