A Dec. 8 collision between two trucks near McNally Creek, 20 km north of Enterprise, has left one man dead and two injured.
The collision occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m., when an empty southbound RTL Robinson Enterprises Ltd. tanker collided with a northbound Manitoulin Transport truck filled with the Fort Simpson grocery load.
Forty-five year old Walter Fabbro of Edmonton was in the sleeper of the northbound vehicle and was killed in the collision. The driver of the Manitoulin truck was taken to the H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital in Hay River and released later that night.
The driver of the southbound vehicle was medivaced to Edmonton with what Const. Jack Keefe, lead investigator with the Hay River RCMP detachment, called “serious but not life threatening injuries.”
Keefe said that the weather was a contributing factor in the accident.
“A contribution was the condition of the highway and the weather at the time,” he said.
“The snow was packed down on the road and there was blowing snow.”
He also said the swirling snow created by the transport trucks created near white out conditions.
Keefe said the collision was not directly head on, but that the left front ends of the vehicles collided.
“I wouldn’t call it a head on collision, but the did hit,” he said.
The highway was closed while emergency crews and RCMP were on scene, but one lane was opened up in the afternoon to let some traffic through.
Keefe estimated that the highway was not fully reopened until 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
The accident is still under investigation by the RCMP.