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SUV hits parked truck at top of South Hill



At about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17 emergency crews responded to an accident at the top of the South Hill near the truck brake stop, south of the penitentiary.  A north bound Hyundai Santa Fe crashed into the back of a semi tractor-trailer unit, that was stopped partially on the shoulder of the road. The SUV was crushed, and pushed the tractor-trailer unit ahead about 10 feet upon impact. The driver of the SUV was taken to the Drumheller Health Centre and treated for a broken arm and a small laceration to his face as a result of the collision. The road was sanded and wet, but it was dark at the time of the collision, and visibility was reduced by fog.

The driver of the semi truck had parked and went to sleep. He failed to place any warning devices on the road or leave his flashers on. He received  two citations as a result of the accident.







Task force to review downtown parking options



  Town council is putting together a task force to re-examine options for parking downtown.
    This comes after a lively town council meeting, where around 25 worried merchants and residents made their views known, represented by David Benci.
    The motion, put forward by Councillor Karen Bertamini said, “that council appoints a task force to review parking options on a portion of 3rd Avenue between 2nd Street West and 1st Street East.  The task force to consist of two councillors, two members of the Drumheller and District Chamber, two members of the downtown committee and two members of the public at large, those two members will be chosen by that task force.  The task force is to report back to  council with recommendations on how they would like to move forward to the regular scheduled committee meeting of the Whole on April 12.”
    The motion was carried unanimously.
    David Benci, owner of Pizza 249, made the presentation to Council and said to The Mail: “Personally I was disappointed with the meeting, the motion that was put forward wasn’t what I had proposed.  I asked if they had any answers to our questions and they didn’t answer any. The primary objective is to rescind parallel parking which they did not do, as a matter of fact they postponed another motion that was going to put a moratorium on it for a year and so, in my opinion, it was a waste of time.”
    Benci said he would not be part of the task force.
    Councillor Sharel Shoff’s notice of motion was “to delay the implementation of parallel parking for one year, while the town complete the offsite parking sites, evaluate the effectiveness of offsite parking and facilitate communication with the citizens at large.”
    This motion may be moved at a later time.
    The Mayor will announce their members of the task force within the next week and asked that the Chamber and the Downtown association select their members as soon as possible.  The town will advertise for applications from members of the public interested in being part of the task force.

See Friday's edition of inSide Drumheller for the full report.


Hussar man perishes in avalanche


    Residents of the Village of Hussar are coming to grips with the loss of a member of their community.
    The Mail has learned that Ed Sage, 42 of Hussar, husband and father of three daughters, died Sunday in an avalanche in B.C. while snowmobiling.
    Mr. Sage was on a trip with friends and his two eldest daughters when the avalanche hit.
    According to a Revelstoke RCMP release, a party of eight were sledding in the Eagle Pass area when the snow let go, burying Sage.
    For people who knew Sage, the loss hits home.
    “We’re managing,” says neighbour Glenn Muller, who has known Sage all his life. “He sure helped out his neighbours. He would give you the shirt off his back to give you a hand.”
    The families are close, and have been supporting each other through this tragedy.
Leanne Muller says Sage will be greatly missed. He was married for more than 20 years and has raised three daughters, ages 12, 15, and 18. He is a third generation farmer in the area.
    “He was such a family man, he loved his daughters and his wife,” said Leanne.
 The avalanche happened around 4 p.m., conditions were listed as considerable, meaning natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are probable. The slide was a Category 2, on a scale of five, with a Category 5 being the worst. Glenn said Sage and those on the trip were experienced snowmobilers, and Sage had the proper safety equipment onboard.


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