Dozens of people were hurt on Thursday morning in a massive crash involving more than 100 vehicles south of Edmonton on Highway 2.
Around 11:30 a.m. RCMP responded to a multiple vehicle collision northbound on Highway 2, near Leduc. The initial crash caused several other collisions and in total more than 100 vehicles were involved.
While Alberta Health Services (AHS) initially reported that 300 people were enroute to hospitals in Edmonton and area as a result of the pileup, by 4:30 p.m. the number of injured had been updated to around 100 people.
One person was transported to the University of Alberta Hospital in serious condition and 21 others were taken to hospital in moderate or minor condition by EMS from Wetaskiwin and area.
About 80 other people with minor injuries were treated at the scene, according to AHS.
Edmonton Transit provided buses to shelter and evacuate injured patients from the scene and Edmonton Police Service officers escorted the buses.
A bus was also used to transport people without injuries to Wetaskiwin.
Following the crash, Kerry Williamson, spokesperson for AHS, said several hospitals in the Edmonton zone were ready to treat the injured patients.
“There’s probably about 10 different hospitals, maybe more that we’re utilizing,” he said.
Williamson said the massive collision initially spurred a code orange, meaning a mass casualty mode, at local hospitals.
“We haven’t dealt with anything like this, but we do have plans,” he said.
Photos posted to Twitter by people stuck at the scene showed dozens of cars, trucks and semis in ditches and on the highway.
One Twitter user called the scene on Highway 2 “utter carnage.”