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Investigation continues into fatal collision

The RCMP are investigating a three-vehicle collision early Saturday near Watson Lake which killed a 61-year-old Alberta man and left two others injured.

By Stephanie Waddell on February 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm


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TRAGEDY DELAYS TRAFFIC – Many south bound vehicles were parked Saturday at a motel in Teslin while their drivers waited for the Alaska Highway to reopen following that morningsʼ fatal collision. The artery was closed for about 12 hours. Photo by ADAM SKRUTKOWSKI

The RCMP are investigating a three-vehicle collision early Saturday near Watson Lake which killed a 61-year-old Alberta man and left two others injured.

Police and Watson Lake ambulance and firefighters were called to the scene on the Alaska Highway near the junction of Highway 37 at 4:24 a.m.

“Initial investigation reveals that a mechanic was working on a tractor-trailer unit that was broke down in the eastbound lane, when another eastbound tractor-trailer unit struck the unit being worked on and the service truck that was parked beside it,” Watson Lake RCMP said in a statement.

The driver of the second tractor-trailer unit – a 61-year-old Alberta man – was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 21-year-old mechanic from Manitoba and the 70-year-old male passenger in the second tractor-trailer unit were taken to Watson Lake Hospital and later medevaced – one to Whitehorse and one to Vancouver.

Police did not have information on who was sent to Vancouver and who was sent to Whitehorse.

Whitehorse General Hospital spokeswoman Val Pike could not be reached for comment before press time this afternoon.

The highway was closed for about 12 hours while an RCMP traffic analyst investigated the scene.

“The incident is still currently under investigation with the assistance of the Yukon Coroner’s Service,” RCMP stated.

“Alcohol, speed and road conditions are not considered factors in the accident.

“The name of the deceased is not being released at the request of the family.”

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Krista Funk

Feb 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

My most sincere condolences to all involved. I have loved ones on the roads pretty much all of the time and I can only imagine how it feels to get ‘that phone call.’


Feb 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

I can tell you first hand that it’s the worst thing ever in the world, Krista.  Except for us, it was the police at our door in the middle of the night.  That is when you are hoping that you did something wrong and not the other.
I don’t wish this upon anyone.

Condolences to all involved.  Family, friends, acquaintances, everyone on the scene.  It’s amazing how it can impact everyone, even if they didn’t know the victims first hand.

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