Hamlet of Chinook evacuated after fatal crash involving tanker near Cereal, Alberta

A community has been evacuated and one person is dead after a fiery crash along Highway 9 near the community of Cereal, Alta., on Tuesday.

An evacuation order was issued for the Hamlet of Chinook at 6:18 p.m. as a result of the multiple-vehicle crash.

“Everyone in the Hamlet of Chinook must evacuate immediately to Youngstown using Highway 9,” the alert said.

Evacuees were advised to go to an evacuation centre at the Youngstown Community Hall.

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“Do not stay in an evacuated area,” Alberta Emergency Alert said.

“There is smoke and emergency crews in the area and caution must be used when travelling in the region. Persons evacuating this area should take their medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal identification and documents if possible.”

Nine other people were injured in the crash that happened at about 3:30 p.m. EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux said the crash happened west of Cereal and involved of as many as five or six vehicles, including a tanker.

One person was flown by STARS to hospital in Calgary in serious, potentially life-threatening condition.

Another person was flown from the scene by HALO rescue helicopter in serious condition, Brideaux said.

HALO Rescue said one of its helicopters was dispatched to the scene, which involved a hazmat concern.

The remaining patients were being treated at the scene and would likely be released, he said.

Photos from the scene showed several vehicles and large plumes of black smoke coming from the crash site.

One person was killed and several others injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Cereal, Alberta on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

One person was killed and several others injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Cereal, Alberta on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

One person was killed and several others injured in a multi-vehicle crash near Cereal, Alberta on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

 

RCMP said in a media release that traffic was being rerouted eastbound to Highway 884 and westbound to Highway 41.

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