Fatal collision Hwy 43 near Sparwood being investigated

One young man is dead and another man has been transported to Calgary Foothills Hospital with life threatening injuries.

  • Sep. 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.

RCMP East Kootenay Traffic Services are investigating a fatal collision that occurred on Highway 43 north of Sparwood on the evening of September 19. One 19-year-old Sparwood man was fatally injured and another man is in stable condition after being transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital by STARS air ambulance.

RCMP Press Release

The Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services attended to a two vehicle fatal collision on Hwy 43 north of Sparwood late Thursday afternoon. The collision resulted in the death of one driver and serious life threatening injuries to the second driver involved. Both drivers are believed to be from the Elk Valley but RCMP cannot confirm this at this time.

On Thursday, September 19 at around 5:49 pm (MST) the Elk Valley RCMP responded to a report of a fatal motor vehicle collision on Hwy 43 at Savarie Rd, north of Sparwood. Once on scene Elk Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services confirmed that one of the driver’s was deceased as result of the collision. The initial scene examination and witness accounts have assisted in determining that the collision occurred when a southbound passenger car, carrying a lone male driver, attempted to pass a vehicle in a two lane passing section of roadway.

The passenger car was unable to complete the pass safely and collided with a northbound pickup truck carrying a lone male driver. The male driver of the passenger car (age late 20’s), was deceased at the scene.

The male driver of the pick-up truck (age late 30’s to 40) who suffered severe crush injuries to his chest and lower body was taken to Sparwood Hospital and later transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital via STARS air ambulance with serious life threatening injuries.

RCMP Traffic Services investigators and collision reconstruction analyst examined the scene collecting evidence throughout the evening. The collision occurred during daylight hours. The weather and road conditions at the time were clear and dry with good visibility.

Both drivers have been identified and efforts to notify next of kin are being carried out.


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