UPDATE: Head-on crash causes delays on Highway 63 – Edmonton

EDMONTON – A serious, two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 63 was causing traffic delays near House River on Monday afternoon.

RCMP explained that one person was airlifted to hospital in critical condition after the crash.  It involved a van and a pick-up truck that was hauling a third vehicle.

The RCMP remains on scene investigating the collision.  The cause is still being determined.

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Highway 63 has been reduced to one lane at House River, alternating traffic in both directions.  Drivers can expect delays, and were being asked to avoid the area if possible.

It is expected that the highway will be cleared in both directions by 6:30 p.m.

Earlier in the afternoon, traffic was being rerouted to Highway 881.

House River is more than 150 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Highway 63 – which has been dubbed the highway of death – is one of the main arteries connecting our city to Fort McMurray.

The condition of Highway 63 and its status as a two-lane road has been a major concern for many residents and workers commuting to and from the growing oilsands hub.

The province has accelerated twinning of the over 250 kilometre stretch of highway.

More to come…

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