A motorcycle lays on its side on Highway 2 after it struck a Ford F-150 Friday night. The rider was airlifted to hospital with undisclosed injuries. _ Morinville News Staff Photo
by Morinville News Staff
Morinville – A 54-year-old Calgary man was airlifted to hospital after a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2 and Cardiff Road Friday evening. Morinville RCMP, Morinville Fire Department and EMTs were called to the scene during the evening rush hour at approximately 5:12 p.m.. STARS Air Ambulance dispatched STAR-3 to Morinville shortly after and landed on Highway 2, north of the collision. The man was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Acting Staff Sergeant Mark Mathias told Morinville News Saturday afternoon that the 54-year-old Calgary man was driving a motorcycle northbound on Highway 2 when a southbound Ford F150 (that had been driving south) turned east on Cardiff road in front of the motorcycle.
The collision backed up northbound traffic on Highway 2 for approximately 3 kilometres as police rerouted northbound traffic off Highway 2 and down Cardiff Road until the highway could be reopened.
Mathias said the collision is still under investigation and that no charges have been laid at this time. The motorcyclist’s condition was not available by press deadline.
Work is currently underway on a series of traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 2 and Cardiff Road. The new light-controlled intersection is being designed by Al-Terra Engineering, the company hired by the province to implement the lights promised last fall by former Minister of Transportation Ric McIver. Although those lights were scheduled to be operational by the fall of 2014, Mayor Lisa Holmes recently announced via social media the lights would be operational by the end of July.
STARS-3 comes in for a landing – Dave McPhee Photo
The chopper lands to receive its patient – Dave McPhee Photo
The chopper lands behind the barricades. – Dave McPhee Photo
The motorcycle is lifted by a tow truck to clear the collision location. – Dave McPhee Photo