Fatalities at Slave Lake, Rocky Mountain House as snow hampered roads into Tuesday

On Tuesday morning, RCMP said officers across the province responded to over 277 collisions in relation to the poor weather conditions a day earlier.

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Challenging driving conditions created by Alberta’s first snowfall Monday continued to cause havoc into Tuesday.

RCMP in Innisfail Tuesday morning alerted drivers that Highway 2 Northbound, just south of Highway 11, was closed as four semi-trucks were stuck on the northbound offramp, unable to get up the hill due to the icy roadway.

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Police across the province issued warnings Monday asking people to adjust to winter driving conditions, but icy roads still caused chaos across the province. On Tuesday morning, RCMP said officers across the province responded to over 277 collisions in relation to the poor weather conditions a day earlier.

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A two-vehicle crash on Highway 11 North of 71 Street in Rock Mountain House killed a 16-year-old girl and injured the driver of the other car on Monday morning at 8:37 a.m. RCMP say the teen lost control of the car and went into oncoming traffic where it was struck by the second vehicle.

Meanwhile, icy roads caused a 10-vehicle pile up on Highway 2 southbound near Township Road 392, leading to the Monday evening closure of southbound QE11 south of junction Highway 597 near Blackfalds. All southbound traffic was stopped and re-routed to Highway 597 and Highway 2A. Despite the pile up, no injuries were reported.

Leduc RCMP also issued a warning asking people to take extra precautions when driving on QE II, as multiple collisions were reported along the highway due to icy conditions.

Innisfail RCMP earlier Monday said they were responding to as many as 12 collisions in “extremely poor” conditions on Queen Elizabeth II Highway between Carstairs and Olds.

Meanwhile, six people were transported to hospital after a collision involving a school bus in central Alberta Monday morning. An RCMP officer from Didsbury, about 82 kilometres north of Calgary, came across the school bus rollover on Highway 2A at Township Road 320.

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Paramedics responded around 10:30 a.m. and a total of six individuals were transported to hospital. Two youths and an adult were taken to hospitals in Calgary, while three youths were taken to Didsbury Health Centre. All six were transported by ground ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

And a Sunday fatal crash prompted Slave Lake RCMP to call on drivers to adjust to winter conditions after a head-on collision around 12:38 p.m. on Highway 2, approximately 28 kilometres south of Slave Lake.

In that case, a pickup truck travelling northbound on Highway 2 crossed into the southbound lane colliding head-on with a southbound pickup truck.

Police said a 64-year-old female driver of the northbound pickup, a resident of High Level, was pronounced dead on scene, while the female driver of the southbound pickup sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

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