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Fatality reported in multi-vehicle collision on Highway 8

One person is dead and others are reported to have serious injuries as a result of a collision on Highway 8, about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle late this afternoon, according to RCMP.

A 72-year-old woman from Cochrane is dead and two others suffered injuries in a Nov. 23 motor vehicle collision on Highway 8, about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle, according to RCMP.

Cochrane RCMP, Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, Rocky View Fire Services, and EMS representatives responded to the call at 4:14 p.m. and arrived at the scene of a collision involving an SUV and two trucks.

According to a Nov. 24 update from Cochrane RCMP, the preliminary investigation indicated the SUV was travelling westbound on Highway 8 when the driver braked. The vehicle is believed to have then slid on ice into oncoming traffic.

"The SUV collided into a heavy duty pick-up truck that was traveling eastbound on Highway 8, causing the SUV to spin back into the westbound lane, striking a pick-up truck that had been traveling westbound behind the SUV," the release stated. "The SUV and pick-up truck came to rest in the north ditch. The heavy duty pick-up truck came to rest in the south ditch."

The driver of the SUV suffered serious injuries and the 72-year-old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the press release. The driver of the SUV was transported to hospital and remains in serious condition.

Both occupants of the SUV are from Cochrane, and RCMP stated the name of the deceased passenger will not be released.

EMS officials transported the driver (and lone occupant) of the heavy duty pick-up truck from Calgary to hospital with serious injuries, but the driver has since been released. The driver and passenger of the pick-up truck – both of whom are also from Cochrane – were assessed by EMS at the scene.

"Cochrane RCMP continue to investigation this fatal collision with the assistance of the Alberta RCMP Collision Reconstructionist," the release stated, adding no further updates from police are anticipated.

RCMP officials are now cautioning motorists of temperature changes resulting in icy conditions on highways in the area.

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