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Collision sends 3 to hospital

Three men are injured after a collision between a train and a fluid hauler truck near the hamlet of Islay this morning.

According to a news release from the Kitscoty RCMP, police responded to a report of a train in collision with a number of vehicles near the community of Islay, at secondary highway 893 around 6:45 a.m.

A moving train collided with a fluid hauler truck that was also in motion, at which point a second vehicle, also a fluid hauler truck, was hit by the first truck.  A third fluid hauler truck, which was also in motion, then hit the train and came to rest in the ditch.

The first truck is the sole vehicle to have rolled, coming to rest upside down in the ditch. The train has derailed.

Emergency crews including RCMP, Fire and Ambulance are on scene.   Two of the drivers have minor injuries and are being treated on scene, a third male driver is being airlifted to hospital in Edmonton via STARS with serious injuries. There are no reported injuries to train personnel at this time.

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The tankers of the train were empty at the time of the collision as were all three hauler trucks.

Members of the Kitscoty RCMP advise that Highway 893 at the tracks is closed to all traffic for the next 24 hours for repairs.

No hazardous good have been spilled. Power to customers in the Hamlet of Islay and northern rural customers has been temporarily cut, as workers work to clean up the derailment. The outage is expected to last four to six hours, according to ATCO Electric.

Updates on this story will be posted as more official information becomes available.

 

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