Investigation ongoing in five-vehicle collision

Lethbridge Regional Police continue to investigate a five-vehicle collision that resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to four people.

On April 30, 2015 at approximately 8:29 a.m. police and Fire/EMS responded to a five-vehicle collision in the southbound lanes of University Drive at the intersection of Mic Mac Boulevard. Investigation determined a Dodge SUV operated by a 51-year-old man was travelling south on University Drive approaching a line of vehicles that were stopped waiting for the light at Mic Mac Boulevard. The driver of the Dodge SUV failed to slow or stop for the vehicles ahead and struck a Mitsubishi SUV, then a delivery truck. The Mitsubishi was tipped onto its driver’s side and then struck by the delivery truck. The delivery truck was also pushed forward and two other vehicles were rear-ended in a chain reaction fashion.

The driver of the Mitsubishi and two child passengers along with the driver of the Dodge SUV were transported to hospital by EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. The other three drivers were not injured.

Southbound traffic on University Drive was closed for approximately two hours while police investigated.

Investigation is ongoing, but it is believed the driver of the Dodge SUV was in medical distress prior to the collision.

Of note, the injured drivers were wearing seatbelts and the injured child passengers were properly secured in booster seats with seatbelts. The proper use of these occupant restraints, combined with the deployment of vehicle air bags, undoubtedly prevented far more serious injuries in this collision.

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