A serious traffic collision near the Edmonton International Airport on Sunday evening resulted in four people, including a child, being hospitalized, according to the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).
The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Highway 19, between Range Road 253 and 254. Preliminary investigations by the EPS suggest that the crash was triggered when one of the vehicles struck a deer, causing it to veer into the opposing lane of traffic.
In one of the vehicles, a Toyota Rav 4, were three occupants: a 66-year-old male driver, a 10-year-old boy, and a 65-year-old passenger. The driver and the young boy sustained serious injuries, while the older passenger’s injuries were described as serious and life-threatening. As of the latest reports, the 66-year-old driver is in stable condition.
The other vehicle involved, a Toyota Camry, was driven by a 38-year-old woman who also suffered serious, life-threatening injuries. All four individuals were promptly taken to the hospital for medical attention.
The EPS, in their statement, highlighted the severity of the collision and the ongoing investigation to understand the full circumstances. The crash led to a temporary closure of Highway 19 near the accident site, with the police announcing around 9:30 p.m. that the road would remain shut for several more hours to facilitate investigative procedures.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictability of road conditions and the potential for wildlife to cause serious accidents. The EPS urges drivers to exercise caution, especially when driving in areas known for wildlife activity.
As the investigation continues, further details are expected to be released by the authorities. The current condition of the hospitalized individuals remains a key concern, and updates on their recovery will be closely monitored.