12/10/2013 04:51 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST

Highway 63 Crash Claims Life Of 2 People

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA, CANADA - NOVEMBER 2008: Trucks and cars can be seen continuously driving along highway A63 on the way to and from the oil refineries and tar sands mines. Tar sands, or oil sands, are very dense and contain a form of petroleum The world's largest reserves of tar sands in Canada and Venezuela. Tar sands could equate to approximately two thirds of the total global petroleum resource. Until recently it was financially not viable to extract the oil from the sands, but new technology and rising oil prices have now made it viable. (Photo by Veronqiue de Viguerie/Edit by Getty Images)

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Two people are dead following a crash on a notoriously dangerous highway in northern Alberta.

RCMP say two vehicles collided Tuesday on Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray.

Police closed the highway as they investigated the cause of the crash.

No other information was immediately available.

Highway 63 is the main connector between Edmonton and the oilsands region.

It has been dubbed "Death Highway" because of many fatalities over the years.

The provincial government is working to twin the highway in the hope of making it safer.

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