Horrific accident takes four lives on Highway 5

A family of four from Edmonton killed on Highway 5 near Barriere

Four people, two of them children, died in a horrific motor vehicle crash on the Yellowhead last Wednesday evening.

RCMP Central Interior Traffic Services and Barriere RCMP report they attended the multiple fatality accident along Highway 5 just north of Barriere the evening of Feb. 1, at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Police noted their investigation indicates that the SUV (Suzuki Grand Vitara), traveling southbound on Highway 5, lost control on the icy road and slid across the highway directly into the path of an oncoming tractor pulling a loaded B-train.

The family of four in the SUV was en-route from Edmonton to California. All four occupants of the vehicle, a 47 year-old male, 37 year-old female, a seven year-old boy and three year-old girl, died as a result of the crash.

The driver of the trailer suffered minor injuries.

Police said the accident was very traumatic for those who immediately went to assist at the scene.

“Road conditions at the time of the accident were icy and typical for this time of the year in this area”, said S/Sgt. Steve Frayne, Unit Commander of Central Interior Traffic Services. “It is a devastating reminder for drivers to exercise caution on the roadways and to ensure their vehicles are prepared for the winter conditions.”

The highway was closed until approximately 1:30 a.m., when a short secondary road was able to be opened up to permit smaller vehicles to pass through.  Highway 5 was eventually opened to all traffic at approximately 4 a.m.

Deceased at the scene were Edmonton residents; driver Benham Shokri, 47, his wife Shirin Hamedi Khorasani, 37, their son Daniel Shokri, six, and daughter Delina Shokri, three.  Releasing the names of the deceased was delayed by police until the family’s relatives in Iran could be notified.

Police say a collision re-constructionist from Kamloops will be compiling a report on the cause of the accident.