CALGARY- Police believe that excessive speed for the road conditions is a major factor in a crash on Glenmore Trail on Wednesday evening, that killed a toddler and left another with serious injuries.
Around 5 p.m., a truck heading eastbound on Glenmore near Deerfoot Trail lost control, drove right over the median and into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes, straight into a semi.
A four-year-old and one-year-old boy were rushed to hospital, but the younger child died of his injuries a short time later.
Emergency crews say despite rushing towards the crash, there was nothing they could do to save the boy’s life.
“In this case every effort was made, there were no delays fortunately,” says Stuart Brideaux from EMS. “Regrettably, that did not change the outcome but we know that we did the absolute best that we could.”
The four-year-old is currently listed in serious but stable condition.
The roadway was shut down for hours while police investigated, and dashcam video of the crash shows that a pile of snow had gathered beside the median, creating somewhat of a ramp which the truck drove over.
WARNING: The video below may be disturbing to some viewers. Dash camera footage captures the truck crossing the median. Global News has edited out the point of impact due to the sensitivities surrounding the crash.
Road conditions were poor at the time, and officers say excessive speed considering the conditions was a factor in the crash. Drugs and alcohol were not involved.
The driver of the truck, a woman in her 30’s, was treated in hospital for serious injuries but has since been released.