Female passenger killed, driver seriously hurt in Yellowhead Trail crash

A red Corvette lay crumpled on its roof at the side of Yellowhead Trail early Sunday evening after a single vehicle crash that killed a female passenger and sent the male driver to hospital.

Police say both speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the deadly crash. Police say preliminary investigation shows the woman who died was 41, and the male driver is 47.

Edmonton Police Service Insp. Brian Nowlan said police were called at about 5:30 p.m. by a motorist who saw the Corvette speeding and driving erratically on Yellowhead Trail. Nowlan said the Corvette was weaving in and out of lanes, and that the other motorist believed the driver was impaired.

The caller was speaking to police when the Corvette lost control and rolled onto it's hood on the embankment of the Victoria Trail overpass. "The caller advised the vehicle had left the road, had flipped, and that the people were trapped," Nowlan said.

The passenger was pronounced dead on scene, and the driver was taken to hospital by ambulance with injuries Nowlan says aren't believed to be life threatening.

The early 1990's red Corvette remained in the roadway well into the evening, with the road closed and police on scene.

A white sheet was hung over the window of the passenger seat.

The specialized accident investigation unit was expected to remain at the crash scene for several hours.