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Man airlifted by STARS after crash north of Morinville

Total of 10 collisions on icy area highways this past weekend

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 06:00 am

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A man was airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital following a two-vehicle collision north of Morinville on Sunday.

Morinville RCMP were called to the collision on Highway 2 near Township Road 570 around 11:05 a.m.

A Kia Sportage travelling southbound on Hwy. 2 lost control and collided with a northbound Dodge Grand Caravan. STARS transported the driver of the Dodge, a 54-year-old man from Fort McMurray, to the U of A Hospital with undetermined injuries.

The driver of the Kia, a 29-year-old man from St. Albert, was taken to Sturgeon Hospital by ground ambulance.

The collision is still under investigation. Road collisions are believed to have been a factor.

Morinville RCMP responded to a total of 10 vehicle collisions over the weekend.

Travel advisories were issued on both Saturday and Sunday as snow and freezing rain made all highways and roads throughout Sturgeon County – particularly Hwy. 2 north of Morinville – extremely icy and in poor winter driving condition.

Moose sightings

RCMP are also reminding drivers to be mindful of animals crossing area roadways after several moose sightings since the beginning of December.

On Dec. 10, a single vehicle collision involving a moose on Hwy. 2 just north of St. Albert resulted in the vehicle rolling over into the median and the driver being transported to hospital.

“This is the time of year when moose are out and about on roadways fairly often,” said Sgt. Mark Mathias with the Morinville RCMP detachment. “Moose are such a large, solid animal that they cause a lot of damage and they are a real danger.”

Deer and moose are not commonly found in St. Albert, but occasionally migrate into the city.

RCMP are urging drivers to slow down when driving at night, stay alert and scan both sides of the road as far ahead as possible. Use extreme caution when an animal is spotted as it can unexpectedly dart into traffic.


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