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Miracle On The Q-E 2 -- No Fatalities From Thursday's Mega-Mess


PONOKA:  Collisions on the on the Queen Elizabeth Two highway between Red Deer and Edmonton are a frequent occurrence. However, the storm-spawned carnage on Highway-2, mid-way through Thursday afternoon, was something that hasn't been seen in quite while.


The spring storm created a multi-vehicle pile-up, beginning with a single collision which then created a domino effect, involving cars, SUV's, tanker trucks, cattle liners and a bus.


RCMP state, "A cattle liner hauling 74 head of cattle was also involved. The cattle, with the exception of two, were safely transferred to another truck with the use of the Live Stock Emergency Trailer, one of seven trailers strategically located throughout the province. Two animals had to be put down as a result of injuries".


Initial reports had over 300-hundred people injured. However, when the flurries settled and the tangle of wreckage was pulled apart, only one man suffered serious injuries. He remains in serious but stable condition in Edmonton University hospital. An Alberta health official says about 22 people went to area hospitals, and about 80 were treated at the scene for minor and moderate injuries.


According to RCMP, 85 to 100 vehicles were either directly or indirectly involved along a half-kilometre stretch of the highway and at least 45 vehicles were damaged. That number does not take into account numerous secondary collisions outside of the immediate scene.


Edmonton Police Service officers were on scene to provide assistance with coordinating detours, traffic movement and relief of other officers that had been on scene for several hours. Also, Edmonton Transit provided transit buses to help move stranded drivers to Edmonton and communities along the QE2 also provided buses and opened community centers to assist stranded people.


A 60-kilometre stretch of Highway 2 from Highway 13 to Highway 616 was closed so tow trucks could clear the scene.


The Highway wasn't opened until 11:45 Thursday night.


Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4/20/2014 3:32:47 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News -- Photos courtesy of RCMP
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