On Feb. 5, at approximately 1:45 p.m., RCMP officers of the Brooks RCMP Detachment were called to a serious collision on Highway 1 just west of Brooks.
One farm tractor was moving slowly in a small convoy with at least one other pickup truck, when a second pickup truck struck the first truck in the rear bumper – pushing it off the road. The second truck continued forward and struck the rear left tire of the farm tractor, shearing it completely off.
Both the second truck and the tractor tire came to rest in the median ditch. The driver of the second truck had to be extracted from the vehicle.
The 45-year-old male driver of the second truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and has been transported to hospital. A 27-year-old male passenger in the first pickup truck also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. The driver of the first pickup truck did not sustain any injuries. The 38-year-old male driver of the farm tractor had minor injuries.
The investigation into this collision continues.
The Alberta RCMP are aware of the multiple convoys and protests taking place around Alberta and are monitoring and deploying resources as needed to ensure public safety. While everyone has the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, we remind individuals to do so within the confines of the law.
As a result of convoys, traffic in several areas of the province is extremely slow. We ask that everyone be lawful, respectful and patient when encountering slow-moving traffic.
This incident is illustrative of how large, slow moving convoys can greatly reduce the safety of our provincial highways. Travelling at the posted speed limit is meant to maintain the free flow of traffic, and will reduce the chance of other motorists growing impatient with delays in their travel.
Even on four lane highways, motorists are urged to be extra cautious when passing slow moving vehicles. They could be slowing down for a hazard which may affect you.