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17 car pile-up

on Hwy 16

near Niton

by Adrienne Tait
At approximately 7:35 p.m. on December 4, Edson
RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision in the
east bound lane of Highway 16 near Range Road
The collision occurred when a pickup truck rear
ended a semi-unit. Both vehicles had been travelling
eastbound. “The 40-year-old male driver of the
pickup and lone occupant succumbed to his injuries
at the scene. The Edson's man identity will not be
released,” said RCMP.
During that same timeframe 911 started receiving
calls that poor visibility due to smoke caused a
multi-vehicle collision on Highway 16. The
westbound lane was the scene of a multi-vehicle The Holy Redeemer Drama Department recently made a donation in the amount of $438.50 to the
collision that involved 17 vehicles including several Edson Run of Hope in memory of Lisa Taylor who served as the Costume Designer (and Drama Mom)
semi-trailer units were involved in the collision in for the past eight years. The funds were collected from two winners of the 50/50 raffle at Miracle on 34th
the west bound lane. Street (plus The Grinch) who returned their winnings to the Drama Program. Collecting the cheque on
In a media release RCMP stated, “No injuries were behalf of the Run of Hope is Fern Foreman and presenting the cheque from HRH are members of the
reported at the time and the highway was shut down cast and crew (left to right): Harleigh McNaughton, Daniel Handford, Tamara Everett, Sydney Fogarty,
for several hours to allow the cleaning crews to Mackenzie Simmons, Katelyn Grant, McKenzie Berdan, Lauren MacArthur, Emerald Bryant, and
remove the damaged vehicles. Brendan Inscho.
Highway 16 is divided in that area. The visibility
on the road was affected by heavy smoke from a
For only $6500
controlled burn approximately seven kilometres
south of the Highway.” For only $6500
The collisions in both the east and west bound
lanes resulted in the highway 45 kilometres west of
Evansburg being closed for several hours while
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crews worked to clear the wreckage and investigate. move in to your
Those involved in the multi-vehicle collision were
taken to the reception area at the Yellowhead County
office in order for the RCMP to take statements from
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witnesses in a safe environment.
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Stefan Felsing said, “Yellowhead County staff and
victim services representatives were on hand to *Some conditions apply
assist the people being brought into the reception
centre. Food and blankets were brought in while
people gave their statements to RCMP and made
arrangements for accommodations for the night.”
The eastbound lanes were reopened to two way
traffic by 11 p.m. and the westbound lanes closed for
approximately eight hours.
As news of the collision went out, drivers were
requested to use alternate routes or avoid travel in
the area.
By the next morning a media release was issued
stating that the highway had once again been closed
as heavy smoke reached ground level causing zero
visibility on Highway 16.
Road crews re-routed traffic along a detour around
the area. All traffic travelling east and west were
diverted along Township Road 551 north of
Highway 16.
According to Yellowhead County the burning of
brush piles is fairly common practice this time of
year due to the low fire hazard and absence of burn

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Yellowhead County recognized a number of pantry, black appliances fridge, stove,
employees for their years of service at the
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Terry Mazur (5 years), Shirlee Mitchell, Sherry
Thompson, Donna Simon, Danny Serdiak, Pat Siding is storm in color with black trim.
Pape and Debbie Charest (in her absence) were
all recognized. Many of the employees have
served the county for over 20 years, although
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the award was for 20 years of service as it did not
include the years as an M.D. or I.D. Pictured C
here is award recipient Sherry Thompson.
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