By Morinville News Staff
Sturgeon County – A mid-afternoon collision Friday sent three to hospital where one of the patients, a 53-year-old Parkland County woman, later died.
Morinville RCMP, together with Alberta Health Services and the Morinville Fire Department, attended the scene of the two-vehicle collision just outside Morinville at Highway 2 and Township Road 554 around 3:10 p.m.
RCMP report their investigation shows a westbound cube van hauling tools proceeded from the stop sign in front of a northbound mid-size car. The collision resulted in substantial damage to both vehicles and required the assistance of firefighters to remove the patients from the car.
Deputy Chief Brad Boddez of the Morinville Fire Department said the call originally was for a vehicle fire; however, a small fire to the engine compartment of the vehicle had been extinguished already by the time they arrived.
Firefighters worked to free the occupants of the car: two women and a boy. “The extrication went fairly well,” Deputy Chief Boddez said. “There was significant damage to the car, obviously front-end damage. The doors, we had access ability on both sides for removal of the patients through the passenger door and the driver door.”
The driver of the cube van was not injured in the collision and has been charged under the Traffic Safety Act for failing to proceed safely from a stop sign, a penalty that carries a $172 fine.
The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin. Her cause of death is not presently known nor is the extent of injuries to the other two patients.
Despite announcing in the summer of 2011 an overpass would be built at the dangerous Cardiff Corner, the province announced after the election this year the overpass would not be completed as originally thought due to difficulties in acquiring land on the south-east corner of the project.
The collision is still under investigation.