STONEY NAKODA – Five people are suffering non-life threatening injuries after a collision between a police vehicle and civilian vehicle earlier this week.
According to an RCMP press release, on Sunday (March 22) in the evening hours, Cochrane RCMP responded to a call on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation when officers struck a vehicle that turned into its driving lane on Highway 1A, near the Morley townsite.
“As a result of the collision, the three occupants of the civilian vehicle, all from Morley, were taken by ambulance to the Foothills Hospital and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries,” wrote Cochrane Cpl. Troy Savinkoff in the release.
The two Cochrane officers were taken to the Canmore Hospital with minor injuries and were released after being treated.
RCMP said alcohol is believed to be a factor.
"Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada – even though five people were injured in this collision it could have been much worse,” Savinkoff wrote.
RCMP encourages anyone who sees a driver they think might be impaired by alcohol or drugs to call 9-1-1 or their local RCMP station. If anyone knows of an ongoing impaired driving issue and wishes to remain anonymous, they can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.