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Hazmat clean up needed after tractor and semi colide on Alberta highway

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From Westlock RCMP

Westlock RCMP investigate three vehicle collision on Highway 44

On Sept. 25, 2018 at 8:30 p.m., Westlock RCMP responded to a motor vehicle collision north of Westlock on Highway 44 near Township Road 614.

Preliminary investigation has determined a farm tractor was crossing the highway from the east. A southbound semi tractor with double tank trailers of liquefied petroleum gases was unable to avoid a collision with the tractor as it entered the highway. Both the semi and farm tractor were forced into the west ditch area. A southbound truck that was behind the semi tractor was unable to avoid a collision with a trailer that remained on the highway.

Both lanes of Highway 44 are still being re-routed around the scene. A Hazmat team is currently on the scene removing the gas from the tankers. The tank trailers were not compromised in either collision.

The male drivers of the truck and tractor were transported to hospital via EMS with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi-tractor was not injured.

Westlock RCMP continue to investigate this collision and an update will be provided once the highway is cleared.

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Kraay Family Farm Celebrates 20 Years of Farmtastic Fun

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July 17, 2019 | Lacombe, AB –

from Kraay Family Farm

Kraay Family Farm is proud to celebrate 20 years of growing memories – your memories and ours!

The Kraay Family Farm is excited to announce that in honour of a milestone two decades of operation, the 2019 corn maze design honours and celebrates 20 years of family-friendly farm fun. The maze covers 15 acres of land and incorporates the Kraay Family Farm 20-year logo.

“We often get questions about why there is a crow in our logo. Our family is Dutch in origin and the name ‘Kraay’ actually means ‘Crow’ in Dutch. That, and there are a lot of crows around here!” explains Rachel Kraay. Rachel and Reuben Kraay own the farm together with Reuben’s parents, Ed and Linda Kraay.

“We are so grateful for the many guests who have encouraged, supported and had fun with us over these last 20 years! To own and operate a business where we get to watch our kids and our community’s kids grow up and to be part of families enjoying time together is amazing and truly a blessing for us,” says Rachel Kraay, one of the owners of the Kraay Family Farm.

Ed and Linda started the farm as a means to supplement the income from their small hog farm. Reuben was traveling after high school and visited a similar type of farm with a corn maze and other agritainment attractions and suggested the idea to his parents. “Ed and Linda like to have fun and try new things so, together with friends of theirs, they started the farm on a whim one year with just a corn maze, a slide, and a few picnic tables and fire pits,” continues Kraay, “The farm has just grown from there! Reuben and I joined his parents in 2005 after our first child was born and we’ve been adding to the farm ever since!”

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Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two flocks of sheep in Alberta

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Scrapie disease in Central Alberta

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some sheep in Alberta have been infected with scrapie, a fatal disease that affects the animals’ nervous system.

The federal agency’s website says classic scrapie, which can be transmitted to other sheep and goats, was confirmed last month in two Alberta flocks.

Scrapie belongs to the family of diseases that includes mad cow disease in cattle, chronic wasting disease in deer and elk, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

Health Canada says there is no known link between scrapie and human health.

The CFIA says scrapie can only been seen in adult sheep between two and five years of age and can take years to develop.

Once an animal appears ill it typically dies within a few months.

The Canadian Press

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