Fiery semi crash closes highway near Slave Lake

One driver was injured when two transport trucks collided in a fiery crash near Slave Lake early on Thursday.

As of 6 a.m. RCMP and emergency crews were still on scene at the crash site, 40 kilometres east of Slave Lake on Highway 2, police said in a news release.

A semi-trailer was rear-ended by another semi. The second driver was ejected from the vehicle and the rig caught fire. The driver was transported to hospital by ground ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the first semi was unharmed, police said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A stretch of highway near the crash site has been closed as emergency crews clear the wreckage. Drivers are asked to avoid the area as clean-up work is expected to take several hours, police said. 

Neither vehicle was transporting dangerous goods.