The driver of this SUV crossed into another lane in an effort to avoid a minivan passing in his lane

The driver of this SUV crossed into another lane in an effort to avoid a minivan passing in his lane

Two men dead in collision north of Stettler

Two men are dead after a head-on collision on Highway 56 north of Stettler on Wednesday, May 13.

Highway closed for hours after head-on collision

Two men are dead after a head-on collision on Highway 56 north of Stettler on Wednesday, May 13.

The two victims, a middle-aged man and an elderly man, were driving a minivan and an SUV, and were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash when Stettler RCMP, EMS and Stettler Regional Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene. A passenger of the minivan was flown with serious injuries by STARS to University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. According to Stettler RCMP Cpl. Cameron Russell, there’s been no update on the passenger’s condition.

According to RCMP Sgt. Jeremie Landry of the RCMP Media Relations division, the driver of the minivan was attempting to pass slower traffic and the driver of the SUV, in an effort to avoid him, crossed into the other lane, where the two collided “nearly head-on.”

Alcohol and road conditions were not factors in the collision, which is believed to have been caused by driver error.

The RCMP is not releasing the names of the deceased.

Wheel-chair bound man struck on Hwy 12

A middle-aged man in a wheel-chair was struck on Highway 12 near Fas Gas on Saturday, May 16.

The driver of the Ford Focus that hit him, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on charges of possession and trafficking after it was found he had both marijuana and cocaine in his possession. The man in the wheel chair suffered minor injuries.

Truck stolen

A 1988 dark-blue and white GMC pick-up truck was stolen from a storage unit in Stettler, and reported missing to Stettler RCMP on Friday, May 15. The owner of the truck last saw it about a week earlier when he attended the storage site.

Bike Rodeos planned next week

The bike rodeo is back next week in schools across the County of Stettler. On Monday, May 25, the RCMP will be in Big Valley at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are devoted to Stettler elementary and Stettler Middle schools, with the rodeos starting at 9 a.m. Finally, the Friday, May 29 bike rodeo takes place in Erskine at 9 a.m.

No dates have been released yet for other schools in the county.