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Two men from Taber killed in head-on crash along Highway 36

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TABER, AB – Two people are dead following a three vehicle crash late last week north of Taber.

Emergency crews were called out on Friday, July 16 around 4:00 pm to a head-on collision along Highway 36. RCMP say a southbound cargo van crossed the centre line and slammed into an oncoming passenger van.

Police say the driver’s of both vans, a 33 year old man and 72 year old man, were killed. Both men are from Taber.

Two passengers in those vans were taken to hospital in Calgary and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, when a car hit the passenger van. Two people in that vehicle were treated on scene and released.

Taber/Vauxhall RCMP say the investigation into the crash is ongoing. The names of those killed are not being released.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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