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Man killed in head-on crash

A 50 year-old-man was killed Saturday in a head-on crash north of Villeneuve. It was around 7:30 p.m. when RCMP and other emergency responders arrived at the accident on Highway 44, about one kilometre north of secondary highway 633.

A 50 year-old-man was killed Saturday in a head-on crash north of Villeneuve.

It was around 7:30 p.m. when RCMP and other emergency responders arrived at the accident on Highway 44, about one kilometre north of secondary highway 633.

A white Mercury sedan was travelling southbound on Highway 44 and police believe it entered the oncoming lane and collided with a northbound black pickup truck.

Morinville RCMP Staff Sgt. Mac Richards said the police don't yet know why the vehicle crossed the centre line, but they do believe it was the white vehicle that veered.

STARS was called to transport the male and female occupants of the black pickup to hospital.

While both suffered serious injuries in the crash they are now in stable condition, Richards said.

The investigation is ongoing and police are considering all possible causes for the vehicle crossing the centre line, he said.

The police have not released the name of the deceased, but Richards said he was not from the area.

High level of fatal collisions

Richards was on hand at Sturgeon County council on Tuesday, providing a regularly scheduled quarterly update on traffic statistics and crime.

He told council the roads around Sturgeon County have been bad for traffic accidents over the last few years.

"We do have the unenviable distinction in the capital district of having one of the highest levels of fatal collisions."

Richards attributed that in part to the sheer number of highways crisscrossing the region and the size of Sturgeon County as well as the number of people who travel through the area en route to other destinations.

The detachment hopes to address these issues through more enforcement and education, he said.