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UPDATED: STARS airlifts injured cyclist from Trans-Canada Highway near Lac des Arcs

Canmore RCMP are warning motorists that the eastbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lac des Arcs are closed in order to create a landing zone for STARS air ambulance to airlift an injured cyclist to hospital

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. 


This story will be updated as more details become available. 


Tanya Foubert

About the Author: Tanya Foubert

Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006. She won the Canadian Community Newspaper Award for best news story for her coverage of the 2013 flood. In December 2018, she became editor of the Outlook.
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