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STARS air ambulance dispatched to Sundre area twice within hours

One mission flown directly to scene of a crash near Bergen while another flew out near Sundre after male sustained injuries in a fall
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STARS dispatched two missions to the Sundre area in the span of less than a few hours over the weekend of Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11. File photo/MVP Staff

Two medical airlifts provided by STARS were dispatched to the Sundre area in the span of less than a few hours over the weekend of Feb. 10-11.

One occurred just after midnight between Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 when local RCMP responded alongside other emergency crews to a single vehicle collision south of Sundre in the area of Range Road 320 and Highway 760, more commonly known as the Bergen Road.

“The vehicle went over an embankment and hit a power line” that was knocked down by the force of the collision, said Sgt. Trent Sperlie, the Sundre RCMP detachment’s commander, who was reading over notes from a member’s report of the incident.

Asked whether drugs, speed or road conditions might have been factors, Sperlie said, “There’s nothing to indicate any of that, but it’s still under investigation.”

While a passenger in the vehicle escaped the crash essentially unhurt and did not require transportation to a hospital, the driver sustained undetermined injuries, he said.

A spokesperson with STARS confirmed in response to follow-up questions that an air ambulance had been dispatched directly to the scene.

“We transported a male patient, age unknown, to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary,” they said, adding the patient’s condition could not immediately be confirmed.

Meanwhile, another STARS mission was also flown out to the Sundre area late on the night of Feb. 10 to transport to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary a male in his 20s who had suffered injuries consistent with a fall, they said.

Simon Ducatel

About the Author: Simon Ducatel

Simon Ducatel joined Mountain View Publishing in 2015 after working for the Vulcan Advocate since 2007, and graduated among the top of his class from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's journalism program in 2006.
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