A 72-year-old female from DeBolt was transferred by STARS to the QEll Hospital Friday afternoon, following a collision between a Chevrolet Avalanche and a truck pulling a U-Haul trailer.
It happened at approximately 3:39 p.m. on Highway 43 near the Smoky Bridge.
Since then, she has been transferred to a hospital in Edmonton for further treatment and is listed in stable condition.
She was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the highway, while a 58-year-old man from Canmore was operating the truck and U-Haul trailer heading westbound. They collided head on.
“The Avalanche was going eastbound in the westbound lane. It had the 72-year-old female driver. The truck with U-Haul trailer was travelling westbound in the westbound lane,” said Corporal Shawn Graham. “The investigation is ongoing.”
The driver of the truck and trailer is in stable condition. He was transferred to hospital by ground ambulance.
“We came up on the accident as the dust was settling. The truck was smoking, the crash had happened already. Debris was everywhere. The other vehicle of first responders told us they saw the lady coming up the wrong side of the highway,” Janelle Husch explained to our newsroom. “It was terrifying.”
Police would not comment whether alcohol was a factor in the collision. No charges have been laid at this time.
(Photo at top of story courtesy of Joy Mayne/Facebook)