By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
A single vehicle collision on Highway 845 last week resulted in three fatalities.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, Coaldale RCMP and the Coaldale and District Fire Department responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 845, just south of Highway 4.
The initial investigation revealed that a grey Ford Freestar minivan was heading northbound on Highway 845, when it drove off of the highway on a curve just before the CP Rail tracks.
The minivan then entered a deep ditch, striking with significant impact on the north bank, before coming to a rest on the rail tracks.
The speed zone transitioned just south of the collision area from 100 km/hour to 65 km/hour.
The stretch of highway where the accident occurred was closed to allow emergency personnel to work, and reopened around 10 p.m.
All three occupants of the minivan — a man and two women who were believed to be from the Raymond area — were pronounced deceased at the scene from impact-type injuries.
The names of the deceased will not be released, and next of kin notification is ongoing. The cause of the collision is currently unknown.
“There was not a lot of skid marks and stuff, so we’re not sure what caused them to not take the corner safely and go into the ditch,” said staff sgt. Glenn Henry of the Coaldale RCMP.
Henry thanked the members of the Coaldale and District Fire Department for their work, saying they did a “fantastic job again” when responding to the collision.