Wood Buffalo RCMP report triple fatality in stopped vehicle – Update


News release


The Wood Buffalo RCMP are continuing the investigation into the sudden deaths of three individuals on January 9, 2018 near Conklin, Alberta.

A mechanical inspection was completed on the vehicle and it was determined that a faulty exhaust system component may have caused exhaust to enter into the vehicle cabin. It is unknown whether or not this was an existing problem or a recent occurrence.

Our thoughts and sympathies continue with the communities and the involved families during this difficult time. Wood Buffalo Victim Services can be reached at 1-780-788-4250, and continue to offer assistance to family, friends, and witnesses.

No further updates will be provided.



For Immediate Release:

January 10, 2018

Wood Buffalo RCMP report triple fatality in stopped vehicle

Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On January 9, 2018 at approximately 12:25 p.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP and Emergency Medical Services responded to a call for assistance regarding three persons who were all unresponsive in a vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on the Laguna access road, near Conklin, Alberta.

The 29 year old male driver was unresponsive. The 21 and 22 year old female passengers were also unresponsive. Emergency first aid was provided, however, all 3 occupants of the vehicle were declared deceased at the scene. The three deceased individuals have been transported to hospital.

All possible contributing factors related to this incident are being considered, and the matter remains under investigation.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family, friends, and anyone who has been impacted by this incident. The identity of the deceased individuals will not be released out of respect for the families. Wood Buffalo Victim Services are offering assistance to family, friends, and witnesses. If anyone who has not yet been contacted and requires assistance, please call 1-780-788-4250 to speak with Wood Buffalo Victim Services.

Wood Buffalo RCMP continue to investigate. An update will be provided when new information becomes available.

If you have any information regarding this matter, you are asked to contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040, or your local police.  Alternatively, if you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or on the internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You are not required to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

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