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Quote of the Week
“It’s catching on. Whether it’s a little town or a city, arts is catching on.”
- Minister Lindsay Blackett  
- on Alberta Arts Days  

 

 
Highway 22 was host to two separate fatal collisions over the weekend of September 19 and 20, resulting in a total of four deaths that are being investigated by Crowsnest Pass RCMP.
The first collision took place on Saturday, September 19, at 3:00 p.m. According to the RCMP, a motorcycle traveling south on Highway 22, approximately 35 km north of the Highway 3 junction, was attempting to pass another southbound vehicle when the motorcycle drifted off the highway and lost control in the east ditch.
Ralph Simpson, a 54-year-old male from Fernie, was the driver and the only occupant of the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Road conditions were excellent at the time of the crash, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident, but wind may have played a role. The winds on Highway 22 can be extreme and unpredictable at times, and an eyewitness indicated that it was windy at the time of the collision.
 
The witness stated that the motorcycle simply continued to keep drifting off the highway until it entered the ditch.
The second collision occurred the next morning, at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 20, and resulted in the deaths of three adult males, including one Crowsnest Pass resident.
Approximately 18 km north of the Highway 3 junction, again on Highway 22, a passenger van traveling north collided with a southbound truck.
According to the RCMP, hail, sleet, and wet snow was falling and the temperature was hovering near freezing. Other motorists reported that the road surface was covered with ice and slush at the time.
The two adult male occupants of the truck received non life threatening injuries only, and were taken to the Pincher Creek hospital, and from there to Calgary. However, all three occupants of the van were killed in the collision.
The deceased men are Darrel Johnston, a 52-year-old resident of the Crowsnest Pass, along with 60-year-old William Desjardins and 46-year-old James Hutchinson, both from Fernie.
According to the RCMP, a collision analyst attended the scene and the investigation is continuing.
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