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Between 50-70 vehicles involved in southern Alberta highway crash: RCMP

CA, 30 Mar 2021
RCMP in southern Alberta say dozens of vehicles were involved in a crash on Highway 1 near Brooks on Monday.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. in the westbound lanes and involved “approximately 50-70 vehicles,” Brooks RCMP said.

As of 5:15 p.m., one lane had been opened for westbound traffic. Tow trucks and cleanup crews were hoping to have the second lane cleared by 5:30 p.m.

Police estimate a total of 70 vehicles were involved in the Highway 1 crash. Five people were injured, RCMP said. Their injuries ranged from minor to serious but non-life-threatening.

Brooks fire chief Kevin Swanson said when his crews arrived at the scene, “visibility was almost nil.”

Joe Kleinsasser was heading west on the highway trying to get to work Monday morning. Kleinsasser said he was forced to turn around and went to the Heritage Inn in Brooks, where a reception centre was set up for stranded travellers.

The hotel GM said they saw about 50 people came through the doors.

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