LAC DES ARCS – Canmore RCMP, Fire-Rescue and STARS air ambulance responded to the Lac des Arcs area after a cyclist was injured on the Trans-Canada Highway around noon Thursday (July 2).
Canmore RCMP Sgt. Stan Andronyk said the eastbound lanes of the highway were closed around 12:20 p.m. to create an area for STARS air ambulance to land.
Andronyk said there were a number of witnesses and while the incident remains under investigation, at this time it looks like the 74-year-old Canmore man fell and hit his head on the road.
He said several people stopped to provide assistance until EMS arrived. Andronyk added the road conditions were bare and dry, but it was "very windy" in the area.
"It does not appear the male was wearing a helmet," Andronyk wrote in a press release. "There was a loaded trailer attached to the bicycle at the time of the incident."
Fatima Khawaja with STARS said the cyclist was taken to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary in life-threatening condition.
ENGINE-1 is responding to #Hwy1 between Deadman’s Flats & Lac Des Arc (eastbound), to assist @ExshawFire with a landing zone for @STARSambulance. #BanffEMS is on scene dealing with a traumatic injury. #MutualAid.— Canmore Fire Rescue (@CanmoreFireRes) July 2, 2020
STAR 1 (Calgary) has been dispatched for a Scene Call Emergency in the Exshaw, AB area.— STARS air ambulance (@STARSambulance) July 2, 2020
This story will be updated as more details become available.