The QEII Highway, or Highway 2, has been reopened near Lacombe, Alta., after a semi-truck hit the ditch at an overpass, and three other vehicles crashed as a result. No one was hurt.

Just before noon, all southbound traffic was diverted onto Highway 2A near Highway 12, north of Lacombe. Those lanes were reopened just before 2:30.

Speaking for the Lacombe Fire Department, which responded to the crash, Deven Kumar said icy patches have formed on bridge decks and in shady areas, such as underneath overpasses, which has made travel treacherous. 

Highway 2, or QE II, jacknife

A semi-tractor trailer slows traffic on QE II near Lacombe, Alta., Sunday. The highway was closed again near the same spot Monday after a multi-vehicle crash. (Courtesy Jeff Adams)

On Sunday traffic was slowed in the same stretch of highway after a semi jack-knifed. The highway was icy with blowing snow the time.

Separate crash kills 2

Police attributed a crash that claimed two lives on Highway 2 north of Edmonton Sunday to weather conditions.

Around 10:20 a.m. at 10 kilometers south of Nampa, a car lost control, crossed into the oncoming and hit a semi-tractor trailer.

William Crawford, 72, and Cynthia Crawford, 73, of Victoria, B.C., died in the crash. The driver of the semi-tractor was not hurt.