It was a dangerous weekend on Alberta roads as a 24-year-old Spruce Grove man was killed in a collision 35 kilometres east of Evansburg.
Officials said Ryan Stephen Pearson was travelling south on Range Road 50 just after 1 a.m. on Sunday when he drove through a stop sign and into the westbound lanes of Highway 16 where he was struck by a vehicle.
Pearson was killed instantly by the impact. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital and was released shortly after.
Police said weather didn’t play a factor in the crash but they are still investigating. Highway 16 saw more trouble near Kitscoty yesterday morning when a super-b tanker semi unit travelling eastbound just before 8:30 a.m. collided with a service rig near Highway 897.
The collision caused the tanker to jack-knife, puncturing the lead tank containing diesel fuel, which then caught on fire. The fire forced emergency crews to close the highway in both directions.
The driver of the tanker truck was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries. The driver of the service rig was not injured.
While neither collision was caused by the winter weather conditions, RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Wayne Oakes said police dispatchers were running crazy with the extremely high volume of calls related to traffic collisions.
“It’s just horrible out there,” Oakes said. “Conditions are absolutely deplorable. There’s limited visibility and extremely icy and slippery travel conditions throughout the majority of central and northern Alberta. Travel is not recommended.”