Charges laid after Oyen RCMP Investigate fatal motor vehicle collision

The RCMP have laid charges against the driver of a semi tractor-trailer unit following a fatal collision that occurred on Aug. 7, 2019 on Highway 9.

Lowell Nathan Dyck (37) has been charged with: Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm (x4), Criminal negligence causing death and Criminal negligence causing bodily harm (x4).

Dyck is scheduled to appear in court on April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Provincial Court of Hanna.

An update on the medical condition of the other people involved in the collision will not be provided by the RCMP as a matter of privacy to the people involved.

Background

At 3:48 p.m. on August 7, 2019, Oyen RCMP responded to a serious three-vehicle collision involving two tractor-trailer units and one SUV.

Emergency services responded and STARS responded.

One 11-year-old male passenger was confirmed deceased at the collision scene.

He was a passenger in the SUV, along with four other members of his family.

The other four occupants of the SUV, including two adults and two other children, were transported to hospitals.

The driver of the SUV has since been released, and the other three occupants remain in serious condition.

Neither of the drivers of the semi tractor-trailer units was injured.

The investigation thus far indicates that one of the semi tractor-trailer units was stopped for construction, with the SUV stopped behind it.

The second semi tractor-trailer unit was travelling in the same direction and struck the rear of the SUV.

RCMP collision analysts attended the scene, and traffic was detoured for several hours.

At 11:40 p.m., an update was put out that traffic was no longer diverted.

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