The two vehicles lying in the Hwy. 2 ditch west of Kinuso on June 23 were pretty badly smashed up. But it turned out the drivers were not too badly injured. According to Cpl. Alex MacDonald of the High Prairie RCMP, the driver of one of the vehicles was airlifted to hospital, with what he described as “minor injuries.” The other was released at the scene.
That was a good result, considering the shape the pickup and van were in. What happened was “one vehicle went to pass while the other was turning left,” MacDonald says.
Who might have been at fault, MacDonald doesn’t know. It’s fair to say the passing driver was unaware of the turning driver’s intentions, and the turning driver didn’t see the passing vehicle until it was too late.
Alcohol appears not to have been a factor, says the officer, and charges are not in contemplation. The vehicles were eastbound at the time. One driver was from Edmonton and the other from Grimshaw.
MacDonald says the highway was busy at the time, with lots of North Country Fair-goers heading home on an early Sunday afternoon.
“Everyone was driving stupid that day,” he says.