Alberta man dies in fatal accident near Field, BC |

One person was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 1 in Yoho National Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden-Fields RCMP and the BC Highway Patrol responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident between an automobile and a semi-truck in Yoho National Park, approximately 17 kilometers west of Field, BC.

The driver, a 31-year-old Alberta man and the only person in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi truck was injured in the collision.

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An RCMP officer from BC’s Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service attended the scene and conducted the investigation in conjunction with the BC Coroners Service. Police say evidence at the scene suggests that the driver of the car was driving west on Highway 1 when he ran into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with the driver of the semi-truck, who tried to escape. In the attempt, the collision fell into the ditch on the east side.

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Emergency response teams from the Lake Louise Fire Department, Field BC Ambulance Service, Lake Louise Ambulance Service, BC Parks and Golden Fire Department were also at the scene.

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First and foremost, we and our partners extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased party, Const said. Kat Robinson, Golden-Field RCMP.

We also want to thank the civilians who were at the scene earlier, who helped those involved in the motor vehicle incident, and those who stayed to help when the emergency team arrived – you were important in today’s incident.

The accident caused major delays over the long weekend of Canada Day, delaying hundreds of motorists while the collision was being investigated.

The highway was reopened at 6 pm on Saturday.