Two people have died in crashes on Alberta highways today as the snow currently falling in the Calgary area continues to make dangerous road conditions.
Calgary police shut down parts of eastbound Bow Trail near Old Banff Coach Road in the city's southwest temporarily this afternoon because of a serious collision in the area.
Officials say a man was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition after his vehicle crashed into a pole. A woman was also taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.
A 27-year-old woman from Chestermere was killed and two others were injured in a crash east of Calgary early Wednesday morning.
The accident happened on the Trans-Canada Highway at Range Road 281 near Chestermere at around 7:30 a.m. MT.
RCMP say an Audi A4 was attempting to cross Highway 1 when an oncoming Dodge Ram pick-up truck crashed into the vehicle's driver side.
"Speed and alcohol are believed not to be factors in the collision and road conditions were clear and dry," said RCMP in a release.
A child was also taken to the Alberta Children's Hospital in stable, non life-threatening condition and an adult man was taken to hospital in serious condition.
There was another fatal crash north of Airdrie this morning on the QEII.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. when a northbound pick-up truck lost control and crossed into the southbound lanes, where it was hit by a semi.
The 35-year-old driver of the pick-up was taken by ambulance to hospital, but died from his injuries.
All lanes on Highway 2 are now open, but RCMP are warning drivers to be cautious. There is currently a travel advisory in effect from Calgary to Didsbury.
"The road conditions are very icy and have resulted in multiple collisions through the region," said RCMP in a release. "Travel is not recommended at this time till further notice."