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A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger

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Emergency crews responded Wednesday morning to a serious multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2, north of Grande Prairie in northwestern Alberta.

RCMP said approximately 20 vehicles were involved in the pileup on the southbound lanes of Highway 2.

The collision happened between the communities of Clairmont and Sexsmith, north of Emerson Trail/Highway 672/Township Road 732.

“As I came cruising along, I saw a bunch of guys in the ditch waving everybody down,” said Pancho Driedger, who is a grain delivery driver in Grande Prairie. “Luckily I was able to stop in time.

“As I got nearer, through the fog, I saw a bunch of vehicles just stacked up… a bunch of screaming.TWEET THIS

“A woman who held her daughter on her lap was bleeding real bad. It was minus 16 when it happened so I went and put my jacket over her to keep her warm and continue to assist as much as I could until the paramedics came. Pretty traumatizing for sure.”STORY CONTINUES BELOW ADVERTISEMENT

Driedger said this was at about 10 a.m. He said it was very foggy.

“Zero visibility actually from at least 30 yards. I could see nothing at all. As I got nearer… I saw the pileup. The helicopter came around after a couple of minutes but couldn’t land.TWEET THIS

“From where I was parked, I didn’t see anything actually, too much fog. But when I got closer, I saw just a big pile of vehicles right on the road and into the ditches and everywhere. I knew it was going to be pretty scary and traumatizing but I still felt the need to at least go and see what I could do.”

Grande Prairie RCMP, along with EMS and fire responded to the crash. STARS Air Ambulance also responded to the area.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 2 were blocked and detours were established, however the highway re-opened to traffic shortly after 12:30 p.m. At that time, RCMP said emergency crews were no longer on scene.

According to Environment Canada, there was freezing fog and mist in the Grande Prairie area Wednesday morning and the temperature was in the minus mid-teens.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area or reroute via Emerson Trail.

No information on injuries or the cause of the crash have been made available.

Grande Prairie is about 450 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

BELOW: Photos from the scene

A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Russel Vanderschaaf
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Pancho Driedger
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Russel Vanderschaaf
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Michelle Anne Seguin
A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
 A multi-vehicle collision on Highway 2 north of Grande Prairie, Alta. on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Courtesy: Michelle Anne Seguin

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