In west central Alberta, shortly after noon yesterday, a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer unit with a load of dynamite closed Highway 40, about 50 kilometers south of Grande Cache.
The RCMP believes the driver of a southbound pickup may have caught the shoulder of the highway, lost control of his vehicle, crossed the centre line and slammed into the northbound semi.
Emergency crews used the jaws-of-life to extricate the driver and lone occupant of the pickup, but he did not survive the crash.
The driver of the semi was not injured, nor was the driver of another southbound pickup, who avoided the collision by driving into the ditch.
Police say, given the nature of the crash, the inert explosive chemical being carried by the semi did not pose an imminent risk but, as a precationary measure they evacuated the area and set up a wide safety perimeter around the crash site.
The highway was closed for about eight hours while the load was transferred to another truck and the crash site cleared of debris.
Police are still withholding the name of the dead pick-up driver and are also taking witness information calls at the Grand Cache detachment number…1-780-827-3344.