UPDATE: Redcliff RCMP- Charges laid in alcohol related serious injury head on collision, westbound Highway 1 at Dunmore, Alberta
On December 17th, 2015 members of the Redcliff RCMP responded to a serious head on collision on Highway 1 near Dunmore, AB between a Dodge Journey and a Chrysler sedan. Investigation on scene revealed that the Chrysler sedan was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the divided highway when it collided with the westbound Dodge Journey.
As a result of the collision, three of the four occupants including a seven day old baby suffered serious injuries and were treated at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with two of them being flown to Calgary Hospitals for further treatment.
Both occupants of the Chrysler sedan were taken to hospital, the driver was treated and released while the passenger was flown to Calgary for further treatment.
As a result of the investigation, the driver of the Chrysler sedan, Curtis BEISEL of Cypress County has been charged with the following 12 Criminal Code offences:
-Four counts of Impaired Operation of a Motor vehicle causing bodily harm- Sec. 255(2) Criminal Code
-Four counts of Exceeding .08 causing bodily harm- Sec. 255(2.1) Criminal Code
-Four counts of Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm- Sec. 249(3) Criminal Code
BEISEL was released from police custody on $1000 cash bail and is to abide by strict conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 26, 2016.
Original Press Release as follows:
December 17, 2015
On Thursday December 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00pm, members of the Redcliff RCMP detachment, Redcliff Integrated Traffic Unit, Cypress County and Medicine Hat fire departments and Medicine Hat EMS responded to a two vehicle head in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 at Dunmore, Alberta.
The investigation revealed a Chrysler Intrepid was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 1 at the west end of Dunmore when it collided head on with a Dodge Journey traveling westbound.
All four occupants of the Journey were taken to hospital for treatment. One of the occupants, a 7 day old baby, was not hurt. One occupant was taken to Calgary with serious, non life threatening injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Intrepid were taken to Medicine Hat hospital. The passenger was taken to Calgary with serious, non life threatening injuries.
Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against the driver of the Chrysler Intrepid. The occupants of both vehicles are all from the Medicine Hat area.
The westbound lanes of Highway 1 will be closed for a few more hours while an RCMP Collision Reconstructionist investigates. The eastbound lanes are open and westbound traffic is being re-routed through Dunmore.