A man is in life-threatening condition after an ATV crashed into an RCMP vehicle in Red Deer, Alberta. The police received numerous phone calls on Monday evening about an ATV, a motorcycle and a car driving recklessly fast in parking lots and through the city streets.
“In the late night hours on Sept. 2, 2019, police observed an ATV, a motorcycle and a car driving carelessly and at high rates of speed through parking lots and city streets,” the RCMP said in a news release obtained by Global News.
The police said they did not pursue any of vehicles around the streets out of concern for public safety.
They were responding to the scene around midnight on Monday when the ATV, which was driving too fast, slammed head-on into an RCMP cruiser. The crash happened at Taylor Drive and 67 Street. The motorcyle and car were not pursued by the police following the crash.
The ATV driver sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital and later flown to a Calgary hospital by STARS. His condition remains serious while the RCMP driver sustained minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
The ATV was also severely damaged in the crash. Earlier this summer, Alberta Health Services reminded citizens to be safe on ATV's on the road and released a toolkit to help keep everyone safe on the summer roads.
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The tool kit suggests drivers should always drive sober, wear proper gear and ensure they have the right training to operate an ATV.
The RCMP also released a reminder at the beginning of the summer for summer road safety, which includes a reminder to drives that road safety is everyone responsibility.
"Every road user has a part to play in ensuring their own traffic safety and that of others," says Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Sheriffs in the release.
Currently, there are no charges laid against any of the drivers as the police continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Red Deer RCMP (403-343-5575) or their local police department.