Western Newfoundlander killed in Alberta highway crash

Gary Kean gkean@thewesternstar.com
Published on July 3, 2014

A man killed in a highway crash in Alberta afternoon Wednesday was formerly a resident of Stephenville.
The RCMP in Vegreville, Alta. confirmed Thursday evening the family of the 35-year-old resident of Fort McMurray is from the western Newfoundland town.

The man’s identity was not released as of press time Thursday, pending the notification of his next of kin.

According to the police, the accident happened on Highway 16, two kilometres east of Lavoy, Alta. at around 3:30 p.m. The man was the lone occupant of the Ford F350 he was driving and there were no other vehicles involved in the accident.

The investigation indicated speed was a factor in the crash and the man was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. The victim, said the RCMP, was partially ejected from the truck after he lost control and entered the centre median of the highway.

The truck rolled and landed on the passenger side, blocking both eastbound lanes. Both eastbound lanes of Highway 16 had to be closed for several hours and traffic was re-routed before they could be re-opened.

The police in Alberta said the man’s body had been transported to Edmonton, where the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine if there were any other factors that may have contributed to the accident.