The crumpled SUV involved in a crash in northern Alberta which left three young men dead, and two critically injured. ((RCMP))

Three young men were killed and two others critically injured after the driver of an SUV lost control and rolled into the ditch along a northern Alberta highway early Friday morning.

The crash happened at 1:30 a.m. on Highway 2 just east of the village of Kinuso, about 300 kilometres north of Edmonton, Faust RCMP said.

Two of the young men were dead when police arrived on the scene and a third died while being treated by emergency crews.

The dead men have been identified as:

  • Ricky Joseph Davis, 21, of Swan River.
  • Tyler James Loyie, 17, of McLennan.
  • Brent Justin Credgeur, 22, of Wabasca.

One of the men who died was driving the vehicle, RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes said late Friday afternoon.

The remaining two passengers have not been identified, but were 18 and 20 and from the Slave Lake area.

They were both transported to hospital in Edmonton.

Several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle, Oakes said, but investigators are still trying to determine if the occupants were wearing seatbelts.