Collisions keep RCMP busy

Safety: Motorists, motorcyclists urged to be aware on the roads

By: Don Patterson

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 02:18 pm

Emergency crews clean up the wreckage of a car which rear ended another stopped for an accident involving a motorcycle on Highway 7 west of Okotoks on April 12.
Emergency crews clean up the wreckage of a car which rear ended another stopped for an accident involving a motorcycle on Highway 7 west of Okotoks on April 12.
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Police were kept busy on Saturday after two collisions occurred on Highway 7 just west of Okotoks, snarling traffic and sending a motorcyclist to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Turner Valley RCMP Const. Jason Wells said the motorcycle and car were both travelling westbound on the highway at about 3:30 p.m. on April 19. The collision occurred as the motorcyclist attempted to pass the other vehicle.

“The motorcycle attempted to overtake the car as the car is about to turn south on 32 Street west and they collided,” he said.

The motorcycle ran into the side door of the car and the motorcyclist was thrown off his bike and ended up in a ditch beside the road.

The motorcyclist received life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital in Calgary. There was no update as to his condition on Monday morning.

Wells said the incident is still under investigation.

The Highway was closed and then limited to one lane as emergency personnel responded to the collision.

As emergency crews were busy tending to the motorcyclist, a second crash occurred a short distance away just before 4 p.m. when a westbound car rear-ended an SUV as traffic backed up on the highway.

The incident has RCMP reminding motorists and motorcyclists to be safe to prevent collisions.

With the arrival of warm spring weather, motorcyclists are venturing back out onto foothills highways.

Wells said people need to be aware of what’s happening no matter what they’re driving.

He said the most important thing is for people to be more observant and not take any chances.

“The drivers in cars need to be more aware and more observant of motorcycles on the road just because they’re smaller, they move quicker and the stop a lot faster,” said Wells. “Same for motorcycle operators, they need to realize that they’re on a motorcycle and they don‘t have the protection around them that a car offers.”


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