100 cars pileup on the Queen Elizabeth II highway south of Leduc, Alta. At least 300 people were injured. Patients are being transported to hospitals in Edmonton, Red Deer, Leduc, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Devon, Wetaskiwin, Stony Plain, Lamont and Camrose.
The number of vehicles involved in the pile-up has not been confirmed.
The Leduc crash wasn’t the only incident tying up roads and police. Highway 16 eastbound between Range Road 13 and 15 was been closed due to a number of collisions, including one which left a semi-trailer jack-knifed across several lanes.
Highway 2 was closed near Wetaskiwin after a multi-vehicle crash north of the Highway 13 overpass. RCMP said that northbound traffic was being redirected onto Highway 13.
Edmonton police reported 17 collisions between 6 and 9 a.m. on Thursday: 12 property collisions, three hit-and-runs, and two collisions that resulted in injuries.
Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 12 from east of Castor to the Saskatchewan border and Highway 13 from east of Hardisty to the Saskatchewan border due to rapidly deteriorating conditions.
Highway 41 is closed from New Brigden to south of Wainwright.
Alberta Health Services communications staff tweeted that 300 “minor to moderate injuries” had been reported
Derek Fildebrandt was on a coach bus on the highway at the time of the crash, and spoke to CTV News on the phone from the scene.
“It was a pretty massive pileup, far bigger than I’ve ever seen before,” Fildebrandt said. “From what I could see there were remarkably few injuries considering the scope of the accident.”
“It’s been snowing the whole time that we’ve been sitting here, for the two hours,” Veldkamp said in a phone interview from the road. “We really can’t see much of anything, and we’ve probably moved about five feet.
“We’ve just kind of been hanging out and working on Twitter, and trying to stay updated with what’s going on.”