By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on January 10, 2024.
A collision Tuesday morning near Legacy Park resulted in two occupants of a car being taken to Chinook Regional Hospital.
Police were on scene at the site of the crash at the intersection of 13 St. N. and 40 Ave. for several hours.
Police are seeking witnesses to the collision and any dash cam footage that is available.
The accident site is adjacent to the neighbourhood of Hardieville where detours were set up for traffic heading north and south on 13 St.
The blocked section of roadway was opened up to drivers in early afternoon after police completed the on-scene investigation.
Police say they responded to the collision at 8:16 a.m.
At mid-morning, two vehicles could be seen in a field at the intersection, one a white pickup truck and the other a four-door passenger car with a damaged roof.
Sergeant Danny Lomness, who is in charge of the Lethbridge Police Service Traffic Response Unit, told reporters on scene that a truck was heading southbound on 13 St. S. when it collided with the driver’s side of a car eastbound on 40th Ave.
The truck was a Chevrolet Silverado and the car a Honda Civic.
Two occupants of the Civic – a 39-year-old male and 36-year-old female were taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. The 16-year-old truck driver went to hospital on his own
Police were using a device to check the co-efficient of friction of the road surface while media were present, this tool which shows how well vehicles can stop with the traction of their tires on the road surface.
In response to a question Lomness said with colder weather in the forecast, drivers need to be reminded to give themselves extra time going to their destinations because road surfaces are going to be slippier.
“We’re going to have snow on the road, we’re going to have. We live in southern Alberta so we have the chinooks so we get the cold weather then it warms up overnight and it gets slippier,” said Lomness.
“Take your time, make sure you’re looking at all road users and making eye contact with them if you’re clearing an intersection or going through a crosswalk if you want to walk across that crosswalk.”
Witnesses or those with footage can call the police at 403-328-4444 and reference file 24000539.