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Fatal collision northeast of Sundre amid near whiteout conditions

STAR-1 dispatched from Calgary to scene of fatal crash east of James River General Store stood down shortly after takeoff due to bad weather
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The sky was essentially clear on the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 29 when STAR-1 took off from Calgary, but near whiteout conditions at the scene of a crash northeast of Sundre prompted STARS to stand down the flight. File photo/MVP Staff

A woman from Caroline died yesterday following a motor vehicle collision just east of the James River General Store, police have said.

The collision, which was reported to the Sundre RCMP on Thursday, Feb. 29 at about 3:20 p.m., was between a semi truck and a passenger vehicle, reads part of a police press statement issued Friday, March 1, without providing further details about the nature of the incident.

At about 3:40 p.m., STAR-1 from Calgary was dispatched to the scene of the crash, which occurred amid a substantial snowfall along Highway 587 – or the road to Bowden – in the area of Range Roads 44 and 45 north and east of Sundre.

“I advised them of the weather,” said Sundre Fire Department Chief Ross Clews, referring to STARS.

“Conditions were not conducive to them flying,” Clews told the Albertan on March 1, adding that STARS ultimately “made the decision to turn around.”

For its part, the Sundre Fire Department mustered up “a full response,” he said.

That included the command truck as well as a rescue unit and a fire truck along with a medical support unit, he said.

“Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver of the passenger vehicle – a 26-year-old female resident of Caroline – was deceased,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Gina Slaney wrote in the presser.

“The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

Simon Ducatel

About the Author: Simon Ducatel

Simon Ducatel joined Mountain View Publishing in 2015 after working for the Vulcan Advocate since 2007, and graduated among the top of his class from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's journalism program in 2006.
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