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Police collision leaves 5 injured near Morley


A collision involving a suspected impaired driver resulted in five people being taken to hospital, including two Cochrane RCMP officers.

According to police, the collision occurred in the "late hours of March 22" on Highway 1A near Morley, when a RCMP vehicle responding to a call for service struck a civilian vehicle that had turning into the driving lane on which RCMP was travelling.

"As a result of the collision the three occupants of the civilian vehicle, all from Morley, were taken by ambulance to the Foothills Hospital and are being treated for non life threatening injuries," a March 23 release stated. "Two Cochrane officers were driven to the Canmore hospital and were released after being treated for minor injuries."

RCMP said it continues to investigate the circumstances that led to the collision, "however, alcohol is believed to be a factor."

"Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada," said Cpl. Troy Savinkoff of the Cochrane RCMP. "Even though five people were injured in this collision, it could have been much worse."

Cochrane RCMP reminds all residents to take extra care during this already difficult time.

If you see a driver you believe is impaired by drugs or alcohol, dial 911 or contact your local police. If you know of an ongoing impaired driving issue and wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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