Officers ‘overwhelmed’ by QEII crashes; travel on Alberta highways not recommended

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WATCH: Fletcher Kent shares a message from RCMP about Alberta roads this snowy Thursday.

EDMONTON — RCMP advise Albertans to stay off provincial highways Thursday as driving condition are said to be very poor.

Officers say they’re overwhelmed with several serious injury collisions on the QEII in the Red Deer area specifically. While attending to one of the crash scenes, an Alberta highway patrol officer’s vehicle was struck by an out-of-control semi.

A spokesperson for Laebon Homes, located just before the 67 St. exit into Red Deer, says three of its employees helped pull the officer from his vehicle. He was then rushed to hospital by ambulance with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A tanker truck involved in another collision nearby also rolled and was leaking fuel. Just before 2 p.m., QEII southbound was shut down at Highway 12 near Lacombe. It has since re-opened but travel is still not recommended.

Earlier in the day, Highway 16 near Edson had to be…

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POLL: How would you rate Edmonton drivers?

POLL: How would you rate Edmonton drivers?

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Watch above: Most people behind the wheel have stories of aggressive lane changers, and lack of courtesy. Kendra Slugoski has this special report on Edmonton drivers.

EDMONTON – Edmonton motorists love to complain about bad drivers. And you don’t have to go far to find evidence of just how bad they can get.

Aside from the #yegtraffic Twitter feed, which is filled with people venting their frustrations, there are also online pages and video channels dedicated to exposing aggressive and distracted motorists.

Oil City Drivers” on YouTube has 11 dashcam episodes so far, showcasing some of the worst offenders.

The man behind “ChuckHs EdmontonDrivers,” another YouTube channel, posts weekly videos taken from a front and back-facing dashcam on his vehicle. Chuck and his passenger provide colourful commentary and text for viewers in the videos.

While it started out as entertainment, Chuck says the cameras are also…

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Police launch operation ‘Move Over’ ahead of winter driving season

Police launch operation ‘Move Over’ ahead of winter driving season

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WATCH: The O.P.P. and a number of the GTA’s police services are teaming up for a two day public awareness and law enforcement blitz.

TORONTO – Ontario Provincial Police are reminding motorists to slow down and move over when they see stopped emergency vehicles on the highways.

The OPP, along with police forces, fire services and EMS in Durham region, will be conducting a two-day awareness campaign called Operation Move Over on Monday and Wednesday.

Officials say the potentially dangerous winter weather conditions mean drivers should keep in mind the importance of keeping all emergency workers safe when they are responding to emergencies on the highways.

The initiative will be focused on drivers who fail to move over for stopped emergency vehicles but police will also be looking out for the “Big Four“: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and seat belt safety.

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WATCH: OPP Sgt…

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One of three people killed in head-on crash on Alberta highway identified

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CALGARY – Family members confirmed Wednesday that Patrick Friesen of Eckville, Alberta was one of three people killed in a head-on crash between two pickup trucks Tuesday morning.

The crash happened northeast of Rocky Mountain House on Highway 12 near Range Road 55.

RCMP believe a westbound pickup went out of control and slammed into an eastbound pickup.

Road conditions were treacherous at the time.

READ MORE:  3 dead, 2 injured in head-on collision near Rocky Mountain House

A relative has set up a fundraising page for the Friesen family on the crowdfunding website ‘GoFundMe’.

By late Wednesday afternoon it had raised $2,250 for the family to help cover funeral expenses.

A statement on the site posted by a relative in Australia reads:

My uncle was killed in a tragic accident near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The accident took the life of a good friend of his, as well…

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