Highway 43 accident claims one life, sends two to hospital

An accident involving two vehicles has claimed the life of one person and sent at least two others to hospital.

An accident involving two vehicles on the 9000 block of Upper Elk Valley Road in Sparwood has claimed the life of one person and sent at least two others to hospital.

Elk Valley RCMP was dispatched at approximately 3 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 to the incident.

One passenger was ejected from one of the vehicles, resulting in a fatality. The drivers of each of the vehicles were transferred to hospital, with one being flown to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary and one being taken to the Elk Valley Hospital.

There were other passengers in both vehicles, but the current state of their injuries is not yet known. Those known to be involved in the crash are young adults above the age of 18, Sgt. Will Thien with the Elk Valley RCMP said.

The investigation has been passed on to the East Kootenay Traffic Services investigators due to the severity of the accident.

The Upper Elk Valley Road has been shut down temporarily while collision experts examine the scene. All traffic has been diverted to the Lower Elk Valley Road and only local residents are being allowed through.

“We want to remind people to drive carefully, especially when they are driving late at night. Be mindful of your surroundings and the passengers that you are carrying, as their lives are in your hands,” said Thien.