October 24th, 2020

RCMP investigating fatal collision east of Coaldale

By Kalinowski, Tim on January 8, 2020.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Glenn Henry speaks with reporters Tuesday after a collision on Highway 3 east of Coaldale on Monday evening resulted in the death of an 18-year-old woman from Picture Butte. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


An 18-year-old woman from Picture Butte is dead following a fatal collision on Highway 3 about 10 kilometres east of Coaldale.

The Coaldale RCMP confirmed the woman who died was travelling east on Hwy. 3 at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday in a silver Grand Vitara SUV when she collided into the back of a one-ton blue Dodge truck which was attempting to merge onto Hwy. 3 from Hwy 512 at the time of the accident.

A 46 year-old woman who was driving the Dodge truck was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident. A 55-year-old male passenger in the truck was not harmed and taken home by police from the scene.

S-Sgt. Glenn Henry of the Coaldale RCMP said road conditions appeared to be good at the time of the accident.

“(The investigation) is still early stages, and all factors are being considered, but one of things we know is the road conditions weren’t an issue,” he told reporters at a press briefing on the incident at the Coaldale Rural Detachment office in Lethbridge on Tuesday. “The road was, for the most part, dry. No rain. No snow. No visibility issues. It was clear, dry and with good visibility for night driving.”

Henry said accident scene investigators would continue to work on the case to determine the cause, and that it was too early to speculate on possible charges.

“At this stage, this was a terrible tragedy and we’re not going to jump to conclusions,” he explained. “We’ll do a thorough and complete investigation. This is a fatal collision and our communities are affected, especially when there are young people involved. It’s absolutely terrible, and what we want to do, especially with a day like today when the road conditions are worsening, is to remind our motorists to slow down and take it easy.”

Coaldale RCMP are also seeking the assistance from the public in this matter. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or observed the driving patterns of either vehicle prior to this collision, are asked to contact the Coaldale Rural RCMP at (403) 329-5080.

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