STARS re­sponds to head on col­li­sion

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

STARS air am­bu­lance was called in to trans­port a pa­tient to a Cal­gary hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing a two-vehicle col­li­sion last Fri­day night at the top of the North Hill.

The Drumheller RCMP re­ceived re­ports of an er­ratic driver at about 8:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Septem­ber 9 near Range Road 19-3. It was re­ported that a small car had been cross­ing the cen­tre line and en­ter­ing the ditch. RCMP mem­bers went to in­ves­ti­gate but the vehicle was not lo­cated.

A short time later, there was a re­port of a head on col­li­sion on High­way 9, about 5 kilo­me­tres north of Drumheller.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, a 2006 Ford Fu­sion is be­lieved to have crossed the cen­tre line and col­lided with an on­com­ing 2012 Dodge Ram.

The 43-year-old driver of the Ford was trans­ported to a Cal­gary hos­pi­tal via STARS air Am­bu­lance and was re­ported to be in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The 29-year-old driver of the Dodge truck was taken to the Drumheller Health Cen­tre by ground am­bu­lance, re­port­edly in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Traf­fic on High­way 9 was di­verted for sev­eral hours as the col­li­sion was in­ves­ti­gated.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are at­tempt­ing to de­ter­mine whether al­co­hol or drugs played a role. No charges have been laid.

mailphoto by O.R. Sheddy

Emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded Fri­day night to a head on col­li­sion on High­way 9 on top of the North Hill.

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