Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Speed likely a factor in Edmonton's first traffic fatality of 2016

Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton registered its first traffic fatality of the year following a single-vehicle roll-over on the city’s south side that claimed the life of a motorist.

Members from the Edmonton Police Service’s Major Collision Investigations Unit responded to an area near Calgary Trail south of Ellerslie Road, after receiving a 911 call just after 6:30 am Monday, January 18, 2016.

While the investigation remains preliminary at this time, police believe the vehicle rolled over, before colliding with a pole located in the median between southbound and northbound lanes.

Witnesses told police it appeared as though the vehicle lost control, after attempting to pass another vehicle while travelling southbound on Calgary Trail.

Paramedics pronounced the driver, who has yet to be identified, as deceased on scene. No further details are being released at this time until next of kin have been notified.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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