PONOKA: Collisions on the on the Queen Elizabeth Two highway between Red Deer and
Edmonton are a frequent occurrence. However, the storm-spawned carnage on
Highway-2, mid-way through Thursday afternoon, was something that hasn't been
seen in quite while.
The spring storm created a multi-vehicle pile-up, beginning with a single
collision which then created a domino effect, involving cars, SUV's, tanker
trucks, cattle liners and a bus.
RCMP state, "A cattle liner hauling 74 head of cattle was also involved. The
cattle, with the exception of two, were safely transferred to another truck with
the use of the Live Stock Emergency Trailer, one of seven trailers strategically
located throughout the province. Two animals had to be put down as a result of
Initial reports had over 300-hundred people injured. However, when the
flurries settled and the tangle of wreckage was pulled apart, only one man
suffered serious injuries. He remains in serious but stable condition in
Edmonton University hospital. An Alberta health official says about 22 people
went to area hospitals, and about 80 were treated at the scene for minor and
According to RCMP, 85 to 100 vehicles were either directly or indirectly
involved along a half-kilometre stretch of the highway and at least 45 vehicles
were damaged. That number does not take into account numerous secondary
collisions outside of the immediate scene.
Edmonton Police Service officers were on scene to provide assistance with
coordinating detours, traffic movement and relief of other officers that had
been on scene for several hours. Also, Edmonton Transit provided transit
buses to help move stranded drivers to Edmonton and communities along the QE2
also provided buses and opened community centers to assist stranded
A 60-kilometre stretch of Highway 2 from Highway 13 to Highway 616 was closed
so tow trucks could clear the scene.
The Highway wasn't opened until 11:45 Thursday night.