Two men are dead following a head on crash north of Claresholm on Highway 2 Monday, July 23, around 10:40 p.m.

What makes this strange is the fact the driver of the black SUV involved in the crash, was travelling south in the northbound lane when he ran head on into a northbound silver SUV.

Claresholm RCMP Sergeant Greg Stannard says they don't know, and may never know exactly what happened.

"No idea how it happened or how far he'd come. It was several miles I would suggest he travelled southbound in the northbound lanes before the collision occurred."

The driver's and lone occupants of both vehicles died at the scene.

Stannard says it doesn't look like alcohol or drugs are a factor in the crash.

"I mean you would think alcohol may be a factor, but like I said, there's no indication of it. It was very dark last night and without traffic, the two roadways are fairly far apart, so I can sort of understand the confusion. I just don't know you know, how you wouldn't notice, that there's other indicators that you're on the wrong side."

Stannard says they didn't find evidence of the one vehicle crossing the ditch, which leads them to believe the driver of the black SUV moved across the highway at an intersection.

He says they're talking to witnesses about what they saw as they try to piece together exactly what happened.

An RCMP collision analyst was also on scene and continues to investigate.

He says it's more common than people might think for drivers to end up going the wrong way down a divided highway.


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