Icy road surface conditions are believed to be a factor that led to a fatal double accident on a highway north of Edmonton Thursday morning.
According to police, a pickup truck was heading north on Highway 28 when it lost control just before 7 a.m., between Township Highways 564 and 570, sliding into the opposite lane of traffic where a southbound semi-trailer struck it. .
Flames engulfed the truck as it stopped in the east ditch as the semi-trailer slid into the west ditch.
The two occupants of the truck were pronounced dead at the scene and their names and ages will not be released, Mounties said.
The semi-driver and the lone occupant reported no injuries.
The semi-trailer unit was carrying nitrogen gas, says RCMP. Environment Canada officials were called to the scene and coordinated the cleanup of an undisclosed amount of nitrogen.
Highway 28 was closed for most of Thursday while police investigated and the scene was cleared.
Earlier in the morning Freezing rain covered roads throughout the Edmonton region. Weather alerts were issued as far north as the Big Lakes and Opportunity MDs, and as far south as Ponoka.
North of Ponoka, a crash involving three semi-finals also killed a driver.
With files from Evan Klippenstein of CTV News Edmonton