As the first flakes of snow started to fall, the collisions were not far behind. Stuart Brideaux with AHS said EMS crews responded to 14 injury collisions since 10 a.m. Friday morning, both in the City and surrounding rural areas.
Of the 14 collisions, one was fatal. An elderly man in his 80s was declared dead at the scene after his vehicle rolled over on Highway 22 near Coalmine Road this morning. A female passenger also in her eighties was transported to the Foothills Hospital in serious but stable condition.
STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene, but couldn’t launch due to unsafe weather conditions.
An on-going incident involving a school bus in Vulcan County sent seven people to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
EMS from Vulcan, Nanton, Strathmore, and High River responded to highway 542 east of highway 24 for reports a school bus had rolled. On arrival, EMS found eight passengers with minor injuries and one driver who was uninjured.
A 10 year old male, 12 year old girl and a second male believed to be in his mid-teens were taken to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in stable condition with soft tissue injuries.
Four other passengers on the bus were taken to Vulcan Hospital for assessment and suffered very minor to no injuries, and one student was transported away from the scene by private vehicle.
The cause of the incident is being investigated by RCMP.
A jack-knifed semi on the QE2 caused traffic delays, but Brideaux said it was a non-injury accident.
“If you need to travel in Calgary or surrounding areas today, Paramedics are advising motorists to reduce their speed and leave extra time to arrive at their destination,” Brideaux said.
The Calgary Herald has a list of five things to keep in mind before braving the winter conditions, and EMS are asking Albertans to be ready for winter conditions before leaving the house:
– Ensure headlights are on and all snow is cleared from vehicles before you start driving.
– Increase your following distance and expect slippery conditions to increase your stopping distance.
– Slow down and be aware of emergency responders- police, RCMP, fire, EMS, tow trucks and road crews- at work at multiple locations in and around the City.