A 37-year-old man from Red Deer working on a construction site on Highway 2 approximately 10 kilometres north of Airdrie just south of the Highway 72 exit was killed Sept. 12 after being struck by a steel girder.
Airdrie RCMP responded to the scene in the northbound lanes at approximately 9 p.m.
According to Alberta RCMP Media Liaison Cpl. Chris Warren, construction crews were installing steel girders for guardrails by using an excavator and loading them onto to a flat deck trailer when the incident occurred.
“In the process of this, it appears the girder may have swung out into the driving lane and was struck by a northbound semi truck. In the process of the semi truck striking the girder, the girder then struck one of the workers who was on foot in the construction zone,” Warren said.
The construction worker was pronounced dead on scene, according to EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux. The driver of the semi truck was not injured.
The collision closed the northbound lanes of Highway 2 for approximately three hours to allow investigators from Occupational Health and Safety to complete their investigation.
According to Warren, RCMP is not releasing the name of the deceased and the investigation is ongoing.
An Airdrie man was arrested Sept. 12 in the Thorburn and Big Springs areas of Airdrie and charged with numerous offences, according to RCMP.
Warren Robert Eyapaise, 37, is charged with mischief over $5,000, two counts of mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, causing a disturbance and breach of probation.
According to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin, Eyapaise, who was allegedly intoxicated at the time, was arrested at approximately 5:25 p.m.
“It started with him walking away from his own residence. He made quite a mess inside his own residence,” Martin said. “He went outside, broke a neighbour’s fence (and) he grabbed a hockey stick from another yard.”
“He was holding the hockey stick in a manner that would replicate a firearm and was pointing it at vehicles that were driving by him. Then he was picking up rocks…and throwing them at parked vehicles.”
Martin said RCMP received several calls about Eyapaise.
“Several RCMP descended on the area…and he was located walking down the street on East Lake Boulevard,” he said. “Upon seeing several police units, he dropped the hockey stick and he was placed under arrest.”
Martin said, contrary to reports on social media, police did not deploy a taser in the course of arresting Eyapaise.
According to RCMP, Eyapaise was remanded into custody and was scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court Sept. 21.
If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com