On Saturday, August 6, a Stettler RCMP constable and the driver of another vehicle escaped serious injuries when their vehicles collided on Highway 12 at the Highway 835 intersection at the Village of Erskine.
It is believed the officer was overtaking the line of vehicles when he collided with the driver of a 2006 Dodge quad cab pick up in the intersection as the driver of the pickup was turning south on to Highway 835.
The police cruiser rolled several times after the collision and landed on its wheels in the south ditch.
The Dodge pickup, driven by a 26 year old male from the Stettler area, came to a stop on Highway 12 just west of the intersection.
The officer walked away from the vehicle suffering minor injuries despite the police cruiser being heavily damaged. The driver of the Dodge pickup was taken to Stettler Hospital where he was examined by doctors and released later in the evening with non life threatening injuries.
The Dodge pickup sustained significant damage to the front end and left side of the vehicle.
The Stettler officer had his emergency lights and siren activated at the time of the collision. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the incident. Stettler Fire Department, Stettler Emergency Services, the RCMP Collision Reconstructionist and an RCMP officer from Wetaskiwin assisted in the investigation which is still ongoing. Road and weather conditions were good.
No charges have been laid at this time. Police would like to thank witnesses who came to the aid of both drivers after the collision.