Airdrie RCMP is confirming that a fatality was reported on the scene of a massive multi-vehicle collision that occurred North of Airdrie on Tuesday, December 27. Airdrie RCMP, the RCMP Collision reconstructionist, EMS and area fire departments all remain on the. Police will be on the scene for the next several hours and motorists should expect delays. Traffic continues to be diverted from the area.

At 10:10 p.m. on December 27, Airdrie RCMP, Airdrie Traffic Services and the RCMP Criminal Collision Investigative Team (CCIT) responded to reports of 15 to 20 vehicles involved in a collision approximately 2 kilometres north of Veterans Boulevard along Highway 2 at Highway 72.

According to police, preliminary information has determined that a commercial vehicle including a trailer, along with five sedan cars, four pickup trucks, three SUV’s and a passenger van were involved in this incident.

"Details of the cause of the collision remain under investigation, with primary factors appearing to be weather and road conditions. As a result of this collision, injuries were reported resulting in nine passengers from various vehicles being transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals for various non-life-threatening conditions," a police press release stated.

RCMP continues to warn the public of poor road conditions along Highway 2 south of Red Deer and north of Airdrie. Roads are snow-covered and icy, and visibility is poor due to blowing snow and fog. RCMP recommends drivers avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary motorists are asked to slow down and adjust their driving to road conditions.