Three people killed in head-on collision near Rocky

Three people were killed in a head-on crash between two pickup trucks on Tuesday morning near Rocky Mountain House.

Three people were killed in a head-on crash between two pickup trucks on Tuesday morning near Rocky Mountain House.

RCMP were called to the scene northeast of Rocky on Hwy 12 near Range Road 55 around 7:15 a.m.

Investigators believe a westbound pickup carrying two men lost control on the ice and struck an eastbound pickup with three men inside.

Two of the occupants in the first truck were killed, as was one of the driver of the second truck. Two others were taken to Rocky Mountain House Hospital with minor injuries.

STARS crews from Calgary and Edmonton were dispatched to the area but were called off because they were no longer required.

RCMP said road conditions were “extremely treacherous” at the time. “At the time of the collision highways were very icy due to the recent snow fall, cold temperatures and wind gusts over the past few days,” said a news release.

“It appears that the road was very slick,” Const. Matthew Doane of Rocky Mountain House RCMP told Global News.

The names and ages of the deceases have not yet been released pending Next of Kin notifications.

511 Alberta reported that Hwy 12 was closed on either side of the crash scene and traffic was being diverted.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate.

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