An Edmonton couple died Saturday after their vehicle was hit by a tow truck on Highway 16 near Mundare, say RCMP.

Although still early in the investigation, Vegreville RCMP say the Ford Ranger belonging to Allen Walker, 74,  and his wife Sheila Walker, 78, was parked on the shoulder when it was hit from behind by the flat deck tow truck, which sent both vehicles into the ditch.

The STARS air ambulance was dispatched to the crash site  — however both Allen, a former principal, and Sheila, a retired Athabasca University administrator, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The couple’s son-in-law Guy Carson told CBC they were on their way to the family cabin when the crash happened.

Carson said both were wearing their seatbelts when the tow truck smashed into them.

The 39-year-old tow truck driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"Weather, visibility and road conditions appeared to be good at the time, said Cst. Curtis Harsulla with the Vegreville RCMP earlier on Sunday.

 "Drugs and alcohol are not believed to have been a factor in this collision. However, other possible aspects including distracted driving have not been ruled out as of yet."

Highway 16 eastbound has been reduced to one lane while police finish their investigation.

Mundare is about 60 kilometres east of Edmonton.


  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the tow truck involved in the collision was the same one that was called by the couple. The tow truck company says they didn't receive a call and the RCMP confirms that there was no connection.
    Jul 01, 2013 9:30 AM MT