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Cochrane woman dead in Highway 8 crash

One person is dead and others are reported to have serious injuries as a result of a collision on Highway 8, about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle late this afternoon, according to RCMP.

A 72-year-old woman from Cochrane is dead and two others suffered injuries in a Nov. 23 crash on Highway 8, about 500 metres east of the Highway 22 traffic circle, RCMP said.

Cochrane RCMP, Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, Rocky View Fire Services and EMS responded to the call involving an SUV and two trucks at 4:14 p.m.

Preliminary investigations found the SUV was travelling westbound on Hwy. 8 when the driver applied their brakes. The vehicle is believed to have then slid on ice into oncoming traffic, Cochrane RCMP said in a Nov. 24 update.

"The SUV collided into a heavy-duty pickup truck that was travelling eastbound on Hwy. 8, causing the SUV to spin back into the westbound lane, striking a pickup truck that had been travelling westbound behind the SUV," the release stated. "The SUV and pickup truck came to rest in the north ditch. The heavy-duty pickup truck came to rest in the south ditch."

The driver of the SUV suffered serious injuries and the 72-year-old woman, a passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the SUV was transported to hospital and remains in serious condition.

Both occupants of the SUV are from Cochrane and RCMP said the name of the deceased will not be released.

The lone occupant of the heavy-duty pickup truck was taken to a Calgary hospital with serious injuries. The driver has since been released.

The driver and passenger of the pickup truck — both of whom are also from Cochrane — were assessed by paramedics at the scene.

"Cochrane RCMP continue to investigation this fatal collision with the assistance of the Alberta RCMP Collision Reconstructionist," RCMP said in a statement, noting no further updates are expected to be released.

RCMP officials are now cautioning motorists of temperature changes resulting in icy conditions on highways in the area.

-with files from Scott Strasser