1 dead, 2 in hospital after haul trucks collide at Suncor site north of Fort McMurray

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A contractor died early Thursday when two haul trucks collided at Suncor's Base Plant site north of Fort McMurray. (Occupational Health and Safety - image credit)
A contractor died early Thursday when two haul trucks collided at Suncor's Base Plant site north of Fort McMurray. (Occupational Health and Safety - image credit)

One man is dead and two other people are injured after a collision Thursday morning between two haul trucks at Suncor's Base Plant north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

RCMP are investigating the collision, spokesperson Cpl. Lacey Blair told CBC News.

"Still an active investigation but I can confirm a male was located deceased after a vehicle collision," Blair said in an email. "A lot of details are still being gathered."

Suncor spokesperson Carley Robertson said the incident happened at 6:30 a.m.

A contractor died and two people are being treated in hospital, Robertson said.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those involved," she said.

Occupational Health and Safety investigators and RCMP are at the scene, Robertson said.

She could not comment on the conditions of the two people in hospital.

"At this time we're just really focused on taking care of our people that were involved in the incident as well as the colleagues and the other employees that work at the site, making sure that they have the support and resources that they need in order to cope," Robertson said..

On Dec. 28, 2020, two people died at Suncor's Fort Hills site. A man died at the Base Plant site on January 13, 2021.

"Obviously this is really concerning to us," Robertson said of Thursday's fatality.

"Definitely it's something that we will be taking a very close look at and trying to determine why — why this incident happened — and anything that we can do to prevent something similar in the future."

She said the company has grief counselling available for workers.

The Suncor Base Plant is about 28 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

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