Truck crash kills Yellowknife man trying to fix flat tire, say police

RCMP say the collision happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.

2 passengers in parked pickup trucks taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

A file photo of Highway 3 outside of Yellowknife. The collision happened around 2 a.m., on Highway 3, say police. (Walter Strong/CBC)

A 45-year-old man from Yellowknife is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on the side of Highway 3 between Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀, N.W.T.

RCMP say the incident happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

The two pickup trucks were parked on the side of the highway, with a flat tire on a trailer. A semi-truck heading toward Yellowknife stopped on the other side of the road to offer help, according to an updated RCMP press release sent Wednesday afternoon.

Police say shortly after, another semi-truck going westbound crashed into the parked pickup trucks — hitting a man who was outside of his vehicle working on the trailer. The man died at the scene.

Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.- RCMP in a news release

Two passengers were sitting parked in the pickup trucks that got hit. Those passengers were taken to Stanton Territorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The two semi-trucks were carrying fuel but none of it spilled, and the drivers weren't injured, said police.

Highway 3 was closed for several hours so RCMP could investigate. The highway was reopened Wednesday morning. Territorial highway transport officers were called to support the investigation.

RCMP said they believe that extreme cold weather conditions were a factor, and alcohol was not.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased during these difficult times," states the news release.

The investigation is ongoing.