02/28/2017 04:42 EST | Updated 02/28/2017 04:43 EST

5 People Killed In Crash Near Hardisty, Alta.


HARDISTY, Alta. — Five people have been killed in a collision between a car and an SUV on a highway in east-central Alberta.

RCMP say the crash south of Hardisty on Monday night occurred when the driver and only occupant of the sport-utility vehicle crossed the centre line and hit a car with four people inside.

Police say the SUV caught fire and hit the ditch.

Dead are the car's 52-year-old male driver, a 44-year-old female passenger and two children aged nine and 12 years old —all from Amisk, Alta.

No further information is available on the SUV driver.

RCMP say road and weather conditions do not appear to have been factors.