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RCMP call TransCanada crash unnecessary tragedy

The crash between a pair of pick-ups east of the Rogers Pass Summit was preventable according to RCMP
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August 18, 2013 - 11:24 AM

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Three people from Calgary are in hospital today with serious injuries after a crash on the TransCanada highway in Glacier National Park.

Two pick-up trucks collided east of the Rogers Pass Summit Saturday morning, closing the highway for most of the day.

Two people were taken to hospital in Calgary. The person in the other truck was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital. There are reports the individual suffered a traumatic head injury.

“Evidence located at the scene and statements from witnesses indicate that the eastbound pickup truck lost control,” RCMP Sgt. Mike Pears says. “It crossed over to the westbound lanes and collided with the westbound pickup.”

The speed limit on the stretch of highway where the crash happened is 70 km/h.

“These types of collisions are preventable, this is an unnecessary tragedy.”

The RCMP is asking the travelling public to be patient. Traffic volumes are very heavy at this time of year. The police suggest you leave yourself extra time to get to your destination.

The RCMP must be getting some negative feedback for keeping the highway closed for so long Saturday.

Sgt. Pears wants the public to know that the investigators and everyone involved try to get the roads open as soon as possible so that traffic gets moving again.

TransCanada East Traffic Services continues to investigate the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to call Cpl. Jeff Watson in Golden at 250-344-2221.

To contact the reporter for this story, email halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331.

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