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10/19/2017
RCMP Investigate Traffic Collision Near Burstall

Saskatchewan RCMP can confirm that a volunteer fire-fighter from Walsh, AB. was killed in a motor vehicle collision during the fire-fighting effort south of Burstall on Tuesday night. At approximately midnight on Tuesday evening, Leader RCMP responded to a motor-vehicle collision on a grid road 10 kms. south of Burstall. The 34-year-old male was located deceased at the scene. The deceased was the driver and lone occupant of a large, water-tanker truck that had lost control and rolled-over. A second vehicle was involved after the initial roll-over. The driver of that vehicle suffered only minor injuries in the secondary collision. The deceased was working with Cypress County, AB. fire-fighters who were assisting Saskatchewan fire-fighters at the time. It is unknown at this time if fire and/or smoke in the area were factors in the collision. Leader RCMP, with assistance from an RCMP Traffic Reconstructionist and the Provincial Coroner's Office are continuing to investigate.

Saskatchewan RCMP acknowledges the risks taken and sacrifices made by our fellow first responders and extends its deepest condolences to the family, as well as friends and colleagues in the Cypress County Fire Department. Saskatchewan RCMP can also confirm that at approximately the same time, two adult males with serious injuries were located in the Gull Lake/Tompkins area. A 43-year-old male and a 27-year-old male had been fighting an area fire on their own land. Medical assistance was summoned and the two were transported to medical facilities in Medicine Hat and then on to Calgary. The RCMP is not in a position to provide an update on their conditions.

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