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Alberta man dead in Highway 1 semi truck crash near Field

An accident near Field, July 2.
Image Credit: RCMP

A 31-year-old Alberta man has died following a two-vehicle crash in Yoho National Park yesterday.

On July 2, at 1 p.m., the Golden-Field RCMP and B.C. Highway Patrol were alerted of a motor vehicle incident between an automobile and a semi truck in the park, approximately 17 kilometres west of Field.

The driver and sole occupant of the automobile, a 31-year-old man from Alberta, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi truck was uninjured in the collision.

Evidence at the scene suggested the driver of the automobile was heading westbound on Highway 1 when he drifted into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with the driver of the semi truck, who swerved into the eastbound ditch in an attempt to avoid the collision, according to the RCMP in a news release.

Emergency response crews from the Lake Louise Fire Department, Field BC Ambulance Service, Lake Louise Ambulance Service, BC Parks, and the Golden Fire Department also attended the scene.

Hundreds of motorists were delayed on the Canada Day long weekend while the collision investigation was conducted. The highway was re-opened at 6 p.m., July 2.

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