Single car collision on Anthony Henday kills one

One man is dead after a single vehicle collision near Anthony Henday Drive and 91st Street.

Police warn drivers to expect delays along Henday, QE2 and 91st Street

One person is dead after a single-vehicle collision on the Henday near 91st Avenue. (Laura Osman/CBC)

One man is dead after a single vehicle collision near Anthony Henday Drive and 91st Street.

Sgt. Al Davis said Edmonton police were notified about the crash, which involved an SUV on fire, just before noon Saturday.

A passing motorist told police the newer-model SUV was traveling eastbound along the Henday in the curbside lane when it veered off the road, hitting the concrete base of an overhead sign.

The vehicle then started on fire.

Emergency and fire rescue crews responded, dousing the flames.

"When we arrived there, we found with fire that there was a fatal collision involving a single vehicle and there was no other occupants in the vehicle," said Davis.

The driver was declared dead at the scene.

According to a statement Saturday afternoon, police are now working to identify the victim and inform next of kin.

"At this point we are looking to determine why the vehicle left the road – whether it was driver or mechanical error, a medical episode, distracted driving, speed, or some other factor," said Sgt. Gener Alvarado in the release.

"To determine what happened we will be doing an on-scene forensic crash investigation, technical analysis, reviewing witness statements, and a mechanical inspection of the vehicle." 

Police will also be looking into the cause of death, which they say may be due to many factors.

While police investigate, drivers should expect traffic delays in the area, Davis said.

The eastbound on-ramp onto 91st Street from the Henday will be shut down until around 6 p.m.

Traffic from the Henday to the Queen Elizabeth 2 Highway will also be impacted.

This is Edmonton’s 18th traffic fatality for 2013.