06/23/2015 01:36 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Another Fatal Crash On Highway 63 To Oilsands

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Aerial view of Alberta Highway 63 which runs through the oil sands town of Fort McMurray on October 23, 2009. At an estimated 175 billion barrels, Alberta's oil sands are the second largest oil reserve in the world behind Saudi Arabia, but they were neglected for years, except by local companies, because of high extraction costs. Since 2000, skyrocketing crude oil prices and improved extraction methods have made exploitation more economical, and have lured several multinational oil companies to mine the sands. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

BOYLE, Alta. - One person is dead after a pickup and a transport truck collided on a notorious highway in northern Alberta.

RCMP say the head-on crash happened on an untwinned part of Highway 63 near the community of Wandering River.

Police say the driver of the pickup was pronounced dead on scene while the driver of the transport truck was being treated in hospital for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The highway was closed Tuesday morning in both directions as officers investigate.

Last year the Alberta government promised that Highway 63 — known as "Death Highway'' for the high number of fatal collisions over the years — will be twinned by the fall of 2016.

The highway is the main road to the busy Fort McMurray oilsands region.


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