Family remembers teen killed in crash near Vanscoy

A 17-year-old boy was killed in a crash near Vanscoy Wednesday afternoon, RCMP have confirmed.

Fatal crash on Wednesday afternoon followed by another collision Thursday

A 17-year-old was killed in a highway crash near Vanscoy Wednesday afternoon. (Matthew Garand/CBC News)

A 17-year-old boy was killed in a crash near Vanscoy, Sask., Wednesday afternoon, RCMP have confirmed.

The teen was a passenger in a pickup truck that was involved in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 7 near the exit to Vanscoy, a village 25 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon.

Family members confirmed the teen who died in the crash was Matthew Stronach. 

Stronach was planning a trip to the mountains with his father and aunt and he had plans of becoming a radio DJ after high school, his father said. 

Matthew's 17-year-old girlfriend, who was driving, was still in hospital Thursday.

"It's so hard," Ryan Stronach, Matthew's father said. "I just talked with him two days ago and he was very excited. He was looking at getting his first job."

Teen had passion for music

The teen attended Bedford Road Collegiate and had a passion for music. He was looking forward to getting into the radio industry once he completed Grade 12, his father said.

"Music was always a big part of his personality," he said. "He loved to converse with people and talk about all kinds of things, and he was interested in radio to make that (his career)."

Matthew lived with his mother, but his father said he and his son had been developing a stronger relationship and had taken cycling trips near Prince Albert, Sask., in the fall.

Stronach, who is based in Humboldt, Sask., said he's having a difficult time figuring out what to do following his son's death.

"Just lost," he said. "Everybody wants to help and support, but I don't even know how to ask for help."

Investigation underway

Police said investigators are still trying to determine what caused the collision and whether any charges will be laid.

Both east- and westbound lanes were closed near the west Vanscoy exit on Wednesday, and traffic had to be diverted around the accident.

Police reopened the highway Wednesday night.

Second crash in 24 hours

Several emergency vehicles were on the scene of the crash on Wednesday. (Matthew Garand/CBC News)

RCMP have now confirmed there was a second crash in the area Thursday morning, this one involving a car and a truck. Several people were sent to hospital.

According to Medavie, a 29-year-old man was driving a car that was t-boned by an oncoming truck.
The driver of the car was sent to hospital in Saskatoon in serious condition while the driver of the truck was uninjured and released from the scene.

The crash happened 1.5 kilometres west of the location of Wednesday's collision.

The cause of the second crash is also still under investigation, but the highway has once again been reopened after traffic was briefly rerouted through Vanscoy.

Highway to be twinned

According to the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, a stretch of Highway 7 will be twinned next summer. Grading has already been completed.

A bypass will reroute traffic away from the village of Vanscoy.

SGI tracks crash data within 500 metres of the intersection, the location of Wednesday's fatal collision, over the past five years

There have been five reported collisions resulting in vehicular damage, caused twice by animals, once by loss of control by the driver, and twice when a driver attempted to turn left.

In the last five years, there had been no reported fatalities until Wednesday's crash.

With files from The Canadian Press/Chris Vandenbreekel (CKOM)