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RCMP & Sheriffs – Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit – Single Vehicle Collision on Highway 2 near Airdrie

Alberta SheriffOn Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at 9:22 PM, members of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU), Airdrie RCMP, Fire and Ambulance attended a single vehicle roll over collision on Highway 2 near Airdrie.

The collision occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 2, about half a kilometre south of the Yankee Valley Blvd overpass.

A Grey 2004 GMC Sierra pickup was travelling northbound on Highway #2 when the driver lost control of the truck, rolling into the east ditch.

It appears that the passenger, a 49-year old Airdrie male was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected during the collision. He was transported to hospital in critical condition.

RNG_0050_2The driver of the truck, also a 49-year old Airdrie male, was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.

RCMP would like to thank all of the witnesses who stopped at the scene to assist. Any additional witnesses, who have not yet provided a statement to the RCMP are asked to call or attend the Airdrie RCMP Detachment (403)945-7200.

Northbound traffic in the area was reduced to one lane while emergency crews completed their investigation and cleaned up the scene. An RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist was called to the scene to examine the physical evidence.

Speed, alcohol and the lack of use of a seatbelt all appear to have been factors in the severity of this collision. All three of these factors are among the top priorities of the Integrated Traffic Units in Alberta.

Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

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