Trucker killed in weekend crash

A 61-year-old Alberta tractor-trailer driver died this weekend in a crash that sent two others to hospital.

A 61-year-old Alberta tractor-trailer driver died this weekend in a crash that sent two others to hospital.

Watson Lake RCMP were called to the scene on the Alaska Highway near the junction of Highway 37 on Saturday around 4:30 a.m.

Investigators say the man’s vehicle hit a second tractor trailer that was broken down on the side of the highway.

A mechanic was working on the broken down vehicle in the eastbound lane when it was hit by the second tractor trailer, also heading eastbound.

A service truck parked beside the broken down vehicle was also struck.

A 21-year-old man from Manitoba, who was working on the broken down vehicle, and a 70-year-old passenger in the other truck were sent to hospital in Watson Lake.

They were both later airlifted to larger hospitals, one in Vancouver and the other in Whitehorse.

Police are not releasing names or anyone’s condition at this time.

A portion of the highway was closed for 12 hours while police investigated.

In a statement, RCMP said alcohol, speed and road conditions are not considered factors in the crash.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com