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April 17, 2014, Lac La Biche, Alta. – Dangerous driving conditions have caused at least 10 collisions on a 30-kilometre stretch of Highway 881 northeast of Edmonton.

April 17, 2014
By The Canadian Press

April 17, 2014, Lac La Biche, Alta. – Dangerous driving conditions have caused at least 10 collisions on a 30-kilometre stretch of Highway 881 northeast of Edmonton.

Lac La Biche RCMP say the 10 crashes include five jackknifed semi trucks.

Officers closed the highway at Heart Lake earlier Wednesday, but said it was reopened around 2:55 p.m. but that there were still stretches partially covered in snow and ice.

RCMP previously closed Highway 36 at Highway 55 East following a fatal collision Wednesday morning. That stretch of road was reopened at 2:30 p.m.

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Around 7:40 a.m., RCMP and emergency crews were called to Highway 36 approximately 20 kilometres south of Lac La Biche.

Three vehicles were involved in the collision and a 50-year-old man who was driving one vehicle died on the scene from his injuries.

Two passengers of another vehicle – two men who are 28 and 25 years old – were taken to hospital by ambulance where they are being treated.

Two other men in the third vehicle – aged 34 and 28 – suffered minor injuries and were treated and released by paramedics on scene.