A collision on Highway 56 on Tuesday sent at least two people to hospital by STARS helicopter and saw the highway closed for two hours.
Around 9 a.m., a multivehicle collision on the highway just north of Big Valley resulted in backed up traffic and the call to STARS for assistance. Two helicopters were seen on site, with STARS only able to take one person per helicopter.
Stettler RCMP, EMS, and Stettler Regional Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of the collision, which is reported to have included two vehicles at minimum, with a possible third vehicle being involved.
Police and fire department were not available to make statements prior to the Independent’s press deadline.
According to reports from the scene, two of the injured in the collision were in “rough shape,” though there’s no official word on the state of their injuries.
By noon on Tuesday, the highway was re-opened, though moving slowly as emergency services cleaned up the scene and police continued to investigate the cause of the collision.
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