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Two semis lose control on Highway 2 north of Airdrie

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By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:33 am

A semi truck sits entangled in a cable barrier after the driver lost control and slid from the southbound lanes into the northbound lanes on Highway 2. A second semi lost control a short time after in the same location. No injuries were reported.
A semi truck sits entangled in a cable barrier after the driver lost control and slid from the southbound lanes into the northbound lanes on Highway 2. A second semi lost control a short time after in the same location. No injuries were reported.
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A pair of southbound semi trucks lost control on Highway 2 near the Highway 72 overpass on the morning of March 27, resulting in a multi-vehicle collision that tied up traffic for hours.

The Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) attended the scene shortly after two separate incidents involving southbound semi trucks losing control and crossing into the northbound lanes.

Neither incident resulted in any serious injuries and Airdrie ITU Cpl. Darrin Turbull said everyone involved was lucky.

“The first semi lost control and went into the cable barrier,” said Turnbull. “The cable barrier actually whipped the truck back into the southbound lanes and a lady who was driving saw this happen and was able to avoid being hit by the truck.”

The first incident occurred just before 9 a.m. and minutes later, just north of the Highway 72 overpass, another southbound semi truck lost control and went into the already damaged cable barrier and crossed into the northbound lanes.

A pair of northbound motorists were able to react in time, according to Turnbull and avoided any serious collision with one vehicle entering the ditch and another being struck.

“One of the northbound vehicles was clipped, but it was nothing too major,” he said.

There were no injuries in either incident, which Turnbull attributed to driver awareness and a bit of good fortune.

“It goes to show the importance of paying attention to what’s going on around you and driving according to the conditions,” Turnbull said. “Thankfully these drivers were able to react quickly and no one was hurt.”

The ITU is still investigating the incidents, but at this time Turnbull believes both collisions can be attributed to poor weather and road conditions.

Charges do not seem likely at this time, Turnbull added.

“We have to complete a full investigation because you never know, someone could call and tell us that they saw one of the semi trucks involved in these collisions and that they were driving erratically,” he said. “At this time though it appears that poor weather and road conditions were the cause.”

A short time after ITU officers had cleared the accident scene and were driving southbound towards Airdrie, they observed a small compact car travelling northbound at an extremely high rate of speed, just south of where the collisions had been cleared.

An alleged speed reading of 151 km/h was obtained in the posted 110 km/h maximum zone. The speeding car had to slow down due to traffic backlog caused by the accidents and an officer was able to stop the vehicle at the Highway 72 overpass.

The driver, a 68-year-old man from Calgary was issued violation tickets for speeding and careless driving.

If anyone has information on an unsolved crime, call Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200.


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