Morinville firefighters extract a man from a passenger vehicle Wednesday afternoon. Cardiff Corner was once again the scene of a two-vehicle collision, five days after another collision sent three to hospital where a 53-year-old Parkland County woman subsequently died. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
STORY UPDATED JULY 26 – 4:45 P.M.
By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Five days after a two-vehicle collision between a panel van and a passenger vehicle sent three to hospital, firefighters, RCMP and paramedics were once again called to the crossing at Highway 2 and Cardiff Road around 3:50 July 25.
Corporal Bryce Tarzwell of the the Morinville RCMP Detachment said a westbound passenger vehicle crossed the highway at Cardiff Road and was struck by a northbound minivan. “The Toyota was coming across and the van hit them,” the officer said. “There were four people, two in each vehicle. Three were taken in just for observation and minor injuries.”
Although the driver of the Toyota was taken out on a traction board wearing a neck brace, Tarzwell said there were no serious injuries in the collision. The RCMP member said it is standard procedure as a precautionary measure.
The collision was the second at the same crossing in five days. On July 20, a panel van carrying tools crossed Highway 2 and was struck by a northbound passenger vehicle. Two adult women and a boy were taken to hospital where a 53-year-old Parkland County woman later died of yet-to-be-announced causes.
Corporal Tarzwell said care and attention need to be given to the crossing. “People should be very wary of that intersection when going onto Highway 2,” Tarzwell cautioned. “I was going out last night and when that traffic gets backed up in that turning lane, it is darned near impossible to see to the south.”
Construction on a major overpass at Cardiff Road and Highway 2, scheduled to have begun this past spring is on hold while the government tries to acquire land on the southeast corner of the proposed work site.