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UPDATE: Fatal crash west of Field, highway re-opened

Major traffic delays are expected after a motor vehicle accident on Highway 1 near Field, B.C. on Saturday (July 2).

FIELD, B.C. – Highway 1 has re-opened following a fatal two-vehicle collision near Field, B.C. on Saturday (July 2).

According to Golden-Field RCMP, a 31-year-old Alberta man was killed in a head-on collision with a semi truck on Saturday afternoon, approximately 17 kilometres west of Field in Yoho National Park.

Unfortunately, the driver and sole occupant of the automobile, a 31-year-old man from Alberta, was pronounced deceased upon arrival of emergency crews," said the Golden-Field RCMP, in press release. "The driver of the semi truck was uninjured in the collision."

According to RCMP, evidence suggested the westbound Alberta man drifted into oncoming traffic and hit the semi truck head-on at approximately 2 p.m.

First and foremost, we and our partners extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased party, said Const. Kat Robinson with the Golden-Field RCMP, in a press release. We would also like to thank the citizens who were first on scene, who helped those involved in the motor vehicle incident, and who stayed to help emergency crews as they arrived – you were vital in today’s incident.

The highway re-opened at approximately 6 p.m.

Field is approximately 25km west of Lake Louise.

Saturday's fatal crash is the second in less than a month along the same stretch of highway.

On June 15, an SUV motorist was killed in a head-on collision with a logging truck near Field.

During the peak of tourism season, the RCMP are asking to be mindful, allow yourself extra time for travel, and drive safely.


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