MORINVILLE— Two people died in collisions on a foggy stretch of highway north of Edmonton on Sunday morning, including a highway maintenance worker who was trying to direct traffic away from the scene of a fatal crash.
RCMP say thick fog was blanketing the area near Morinville, around 7:30 a.m. when a northbound semi collided with a westbound pickup truck on Highway 44. The pickup then burst into flames and its driver was killed.
About two hours later, police say an employee with Carillion Canada Inc., a highway maintenance company, was struck by a pickup truck as he was putting emergency signs and pylons on the road.
“The employee was conducting traffic control vehicles heading south on Highway 44,” said Staff Sgt. Mac Richards. “There were signs and pylons as well as physical hand-held stop signs.”
The 50-year-old man was immediately taken to hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
The maintenance worker’s death is being investigated by RCMP and Occupational Health and Safety officials. The names of the two deceased have not been released.
RCMP said they are looking for witnesses.