Veteran chuckwagon driver killed on way to DC Exhibition

Photo: Herman Flad in Klondike Chuckwagon Derby in 2003 – Jason Scott/Edmonton Journal

A veteran chuckwagon driver has been killed on his way to the Dawson Creek Fall Fair.

Driver Herman Flad, who’s career spanned four decades was killed today in a crash in Northern Alberta.

Friends say Flad was on this way to Dawson Creek when a crash happened this afternoon near Rycroft. RCMP are still investigating what led to the crash. However, those travelling to the World Professional Chuckwagon Association event in Dawson Creek said 14 of Flad’s 17 horses were also killed in the crash.

The RCMP have said that they do not believe speed was a factor in the crash. A man and child riding in the pickup truck were taken to an Edmonton hospital. The man has undetermined injuries and the child appears to be unharmed. Flad was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP say the accident occured at around 2:30pm Alberta Time, Flad’s tractor-trailer was northbound on Highway 2 when it collided with a southbound pickup truck. Police say one of the vehicles crossed the centre line, but they won’t know which until they investigate further.

Herman Flad won the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby in 1980 along with several other titles in a career dating back to 1972.

He leaves behind two sons, a daughter and his wife, Jean.

For more info on Herman Flad and his career click here for his bio. The 86th annual Dawson Creek Exhibition & Stampede is still schedule to get under way tomorrow. For more on the Exhibition including a complete schedule of events Click Here

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