By Trevor Busch
A 39-year-old Taberite was killed on Sunday morning following a collision on Highway 36 just north of the community.
According to Taber/Vauxhall RCMP, a northbound pickup truck collided with a southbound semi truck and trailer at approximately 8:00 a.m.
The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the crash scene. The driver’s identity has not been released, but RCMP confirmed the victim is a resident of Taber. As of Monday, Taber/Vauxhall RCMP indicated next of kin of the deceased have been notified.
According to various news reports, the 31-year-old driver of the semi was not at the scene when emergency crews arrived, but had been transported to Taber Hospital for treatment for burns sustained in a tanker explosion. He was later airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary in serious but stable condition.
A section of Highway 36 about 1.5 kilometres north of the townsite was closed to traffic for most of the day following the fatal collision, and was re-opened around 5 p.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Unconfirmed sources have indicated the identity of the 39-year-old victim to be Cornelius (Neil) Friesen of Taber.