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RCMP say an 11-year-old boy was killed in a three-vehicle collision near Oyen on Wednesday.The incident happened just before 4 p.m. on Highway 9 and Range Road 60, northwest of Oyen.Oyen is about 300 kilometres east of Calgary.RCMP say the collision involved two semi-trailer units and an SUV.“One 11-year-old male passenger was confirmed deceased at the collision scene,” RCMP said in a news release Thursday afternoon. “He was a passenger in the SUV, along with four other members of his family.”The other occupants of the SUV, two adults and two other children, were taken to hospital. RCMP say the driver of the SUV has since been released, and the other three occupants remain in serious condition.A spokeswoman for STARS Air Ambulance said two pediatric patients were transported from Oyen to Alberta Children’s Hospital. A male patient was in critical condition and a female patient was in serious condition at the time of transport.RCMP say their investigation so far indicates that one of the semi-trailer units was stopped for construction, with the SUV stopped behind it. The second semi-trailer unit was travelling in the same direction and struck the back of the SUV, Mounties say.Neither of the drivers of the semi-trailer units were injured. The collision remains under investigation.An online fundraising page identifies the two adults as Carla Chambers Jeffreys and Bob Chaylt Jeffreys, and indicates the family of five was travelling across Canada to relocate from Vancouver to St. Catharines, Ont. The GoFundMe campaign, started by a family friend, identified the victim as a 10-year-old boy and the eldest of three children. According to the friend, an eight-year-old girl is now in stable condition in hospital and a seven-year-old boy “will have a long road to recovery.”Their mother was airlifted to hospital in Calgary and the father “has injuries that will need medical attention,” the fundraising page states.Hanna and Oyen RCMP were on scene until late Wednesday evening trying to determine what caused the accident.— With files from Jackie Irwin, Hanna Herald