Two of a family, including a father and his daughter died, and another young girl sustained serious injuries in a fatal collision on Macleod Trail.
“Around 5:20 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, a multi-vehicle collision occurred in the 12800 block of Macleod Trail S.E. A three-quarter ton pick-up truck, driven by a man in his 50s, was travelling northbound on Macleod Trail in the left-hand lane when it rear-ended a sedan with three occupants. The impact forced the car to rotate and cross over the center median into the southbound lanes. The car was then struck by a southbound half-ton truck,” the Calgary Police said in a statement.
The statement further added that the driver of the half-ton truck was not injured. The occupants of the car were extracted by the Calgary Fire Department.
“Sadly, two of them, a 37-year-old man and his seven-year-old daughter, were declared deceased on scene. An 11-year-old girl was transported to hospital in serious condition and later released to recover at home,” the statement added.
After striking the car, the three-quarter ton truck continued northbound, crossed over the center median, crossed the southbound lanes and drove up the shoulder and onto the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks where it came to rest. The driver, who received no injuries as a result of the collision, fled the scene on foot and was apprehended a short distance away.
However, he was taken into custody and multiple charges, including dangerous driving causing death, are pending the results of the investigation.
The Calgary Police also added that at this time there is no evidence of impairment on the part of the driver of the three-quarter ton truck. Excessive speed is considered a factor in this collision. Investigators are calling on anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have dash camera footage of the vehicles leading up to the collision, to contact police.
“To the family and friends of the victims, our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. This is a season in which we should be celebrating with our loved ones, not mourning their loss,” says Traffic Section Sgt. Colin Foster. “Help is available to anyone who may have witnessed or who was affected by this horrific and tragic incident by either contacting 2-1-1, or the Calgary Police Service Victims Assistance Support Team at 403-428-8398.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234.