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Driver medevaced after SUV collides with tractor-trailer on Alaska Highway

The Ford Edge SUV drove into the back of the tractor-trailer on Saturday, temporarily shutting down the Alaska Highway, RCMP say. The driver of the SUV was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital, then medevaced out of the territory.

Ford Edge drove into back of tractor-trailer on Saturday, Jaws of Life used to extract driver of SUV

RCMP say emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to get the driver out of an SUV that collided with a tractor-trailer on the Alaska HIghway. The driver was later medevaced out of the territory. (RCMP)

RCMP have released details about a "serious collision" that temporarily shut down the Alaska Highway over the weekend.

On Saturday, a tractor-trailer and small SUV collided on the highway at the Judas Creek subdivision, RCMP said in a news release Monday afternoon.

The Ford Edge SUV drove into the back of the tractor-trailer, the statement said. The tractor-trailer had slowed and put on its hazard lights as it approached a stopped vehicle pulled over on the shoulder which had its hazard lights on.

The tractor-trailer, which was travelling southbound, couldn't pass the parked vehicle safely due to oncoming northbound traffic, RCMP said. 

The SUV then drove into the back of the tractor-trailer.

Whitehorse RCMP, and fire rescue from Marsh Lake, Golden Horn and Mount Lorne all responded to the crash.

Emergency medical personnel got the driver of the SUV out of the vehicle by using the Jaws of Life.

The driver was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital, the news release said. RCMP told CBC that the driver was subsequently medevaced out of the territory.

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