Deadly collision on Highway 63 in Alberta
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:44 PM – Two people are dead and another is suffering life-threatening injuries following a collision on Alberta’s Highway 63 Tuesday evening.
According to RCMP, the accident occurred when a northbound bus crashed into a southbound car on an undivided section of the notorious highway, about 110 kilometres south of Fort McMurray.
Two males in the car were killed an a passenger on the bus was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The Canadian Press reports that a number of people on the bus were treated for minor injuries as well.
The accident forced the closure of the roadway for several hours.
Alberta’s Highway 63 is often referred to as the ‘highway of death’ due to the large number of accidents that occur on the roadway, which begins at an intersection with Highway 28, 6 km southwest of Radway.
It stretches 16 km north, passing through the boreal forest and the Athabasca Oil Sands.
A large number of transport trucks carrying heavy equipment frequent the area, increasing the potential for traffic delays and accidents.
According to the CBC, there were more than 1,000 crashes on Highway 63 between 2001 and 2005.
Those accidents killed 25 people and injured 257 others.