'They were just starting life': Three dead in crash near Spruce Grove
Published Saturday, October 31, 2015 11:02AM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 31, 2015 6:19PM MDT
A fatal vehicle crash west of Edmonton involving a gravel truck and a pickup truck has claimed the lives of three people.
The crash happened Saturday around 9:15 a.m. south of Spruce Grove on Highway 628 and Range Road 273, also known as Golden Spike Road.
Three people in the pickup truck, including the driver died on scene. A fourth person in the pickup was flown by STARS to a hospital in Edmonton with serious injuries.
A family member on scene identified the four men in the pickup truck as family relatives, between the ages of 21 and 27, and members of the Paul Band.
Kirby Bird said two of his sons and his nephew died in the crash.
“I’m basically feeling numb right now. Everyone was happy last night,” said Bird. “We were a close-knit family.”
“They were just starting life.”
The woman driving the gravel truck was taken to hospital by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP members from Stony Plain and Spruce Grove are investigating and say the pickup truck was heading westbound when it collided with a northbound gravel truck.
“The collision happened at the intersection and the pickup truck was hit on the driver’s side and it caught fire and burst into flames,” said Sgt. Lorne Adamitz with the Spruce Grove/ Stony Plain detachment.
The area was closed to traffic in all directions and reopened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
With files from CTV's Breanna Karstens-Smith