Investigation ongoing into Whoop Up Drive collsion; driver not expected to survive

Lethbridge Regional Police continue to investigate a serious collision in the westbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive that occurred earlier this afternoon.

On Nov. 13, 2015 just after 3:30 p.m. police and paramedics responded to a report of a collision in the westbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive near the University Drive exit. Investigation determined a Pontiac Montana collided with the back of a wheeled loader that was in the process of removing snow from the roadway. The 72-year-old male driver of the mini-van sustained life-threatening injuries and after being extricated from his vehicle he was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital. He is currently in critical condition and not expected to survive. The driver of the loader was not injured.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in this collision, however environmental conditions, including sun glare, are believed to have contributed to the crash.

The westbound lanes of Whoop Up Drive were closed immediately after the collision in order for officers on scene to investigate. This type of collision investigation determines not only how the collision under investigation occurred, but assists in determining pro-active steps to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Investigation by the LRPS Traffic Response Unit is ongoing.

Whoop-Up Drive is expected to re-open by about 9 p.m. tonight.

Police wish to thank the public for their patience and cooperation during the closure and the subsequent traffic delays it caused along Highway 3 and in the downtown core.

No further updates are anticipated for tonight.