Two people are dead following a three-vehicle collision near Eckville late Friday.

Two killed in collision near Eckville

Two people are dead following a three-vehicle collision near Eckville late Friday afternoon.

Two people are dead following a three-vehicle collision near Eckville late Friday afternoon.

Sylvan Lake RCMP were dispatched at 5:25 p.m. to the scene where a south-bound pickup truck on Hwy 766 crossed the centre line and struck a north-bound SUV head-on. A north-bound van struck the truck shortly after the initial collision.

Police said the 46-year-old Benalto man driving the truck and the 30-year-old Condor-area woman driving the SUV both died at the scene.

The collision occurred on the Medicine River bridge deck near Township Road 39-2, about two km south of Eckville.

The SUV passenger, a 56-year-old woman from Rocky Mountain House, was extricated from the vehicle by emergency workers. She suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Police said the driver of the truck was ejected from his vehicle and did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt. The SUV driver had her seatbelt on.

The occupants of the van were not injured.

Police said roads were not a factor in the collision and alcohol may have played a role.

The highway reopened at 10 p.m. RCMP are continuing their investigation.

The names of the deceased are not being released at this time.

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