Injury crash highlights the perils of Hwy. 88 and Caribou Trail intersection

Engineering in process for a proper crosswalk

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

On December 27, 2018 at 12:30 p.m., Slave Lake RCMP and emergency services attended a two- vehicle collision on Highway 88 at the intersection of Caribou Trail. A white GMC Sierra entered the highway and collided with a Dodge Caravan.

Slave Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. John Spaans says two people from the caravan were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He mentions while crews were working on this occurrence, a GMC Envoy drove through the collision scene and was struck by an ambulance. No one was injured in this occurrence.

Spaans states the driver of the GMC Sierra in the first collision was issued a violation ticket for failing to enter a roadway safely under the Use of the Highway and Rules of the Road Regulations.

The driver of the GMC Envoy in the second collision was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle also under the Use of the Highway and Rules of the Road Regulations.

Spaans adds traffic at the scene was disrupted for short period of time while crew worked to clear the vehicles and debris.

“The intersection on Highway 88 and Caribou Trail is difficult to navigate and requires drivers to be fully alert and aware of their surroundings,” says Spaans.

“It is important to pay attention to all of the other vehicles in the intersection and proceed using the rules of the road. Remember, traffic on Highway 88 will always have the right of way.”

Mayor for the Town of Slave Lake Tyler Warman says that intersection is one that definitely has some alignment issues. He says the town has lobbied the Province of Alberta to help better manage the alignment issues as well as assist with pedestrian movement.

“We have made some headway in regards to pedestrian movement and have been successful in getting the Province to agree to a crosswalk there.
Engineering is currently in process,” says Warman.

He adds that the Sawridge leadership is also involved, as the area in question includes their land.

“I anticipate we will have a better idea of where things are at later in the spring,” says Warman.

Photo courtesy Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service

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