Woman dies following Saturday crash near Red Deer

A young female driver has died following a collision on Saturday night during heavy fog in the Red Deer area.

A young female driver has died following a collision on Saturday night during heavy fog in the Red Deer area.

Innisfail RCMP were dispatched to the scene of the collision just after 7:30 p.m. involving the woman’s sport utility vehicle and a flatbed pickup truck.

The 19-year-old woman from Crossfield suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday it was reported that she had succumbed to her injuries.

The collision occurred on Hwy 42 about 8 km east of Hwy 2.

Police say the woman was passing in heavy fog when she struck the oncoming larger truck. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage as a result of the crash.

Fortunately the driver of the pickup truck was able to swerve out of the way enough to avoid a direct head-on collision, said RCMP.

All occupants were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. The woman was trapped in the vehicle and had to be removed using the “jaws of life” equipment.

Three people inside the pickup truck were not injured.

Red Deer County Fire and Emergency Services had attended the scene.

The highway was closed for about two hours while RCMP and emergency crews investigated and cleared the scene.