January 5, 2016 3:21 pm

RCMP lay charges in Trans-Canada Highway crash that injured baby

FILE: RCMP cruiser.

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CALGARY – RCMP have laid charges in a crash near Medicine Hat last month that injured three people, including a seven-day-old baby.

Emergency crews were called to Highway 1 near Dunmore, Alta. at around 7 p.m. on Dec. 17. for a collision between a Chrysler Intrepid and a Dodge Journey.

Investigators said the Intrepid was travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes when it collided head-on with the westbound Journey.

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Three of the four people travelling in the Journey suffered serious injuries. The victims, including a week-old baby, were treated at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital; two were then flown to hospital in Calgary for further treatment.

Both occupants of the Intrepid were taken to hospital; the driver was treated and released while the passenger was flown to Calgary for further treatment.

On Tuesday, RCMP announced the driver of the Intrepid had been charged. Curtis Beisel of Cypress County faces 12 offences, including four counts of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, four counts of exceeding .08 causing bodily harm and four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Beisel was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26.

The hamlet of Dunmore is located just two kilometres southeast of Medicine Hat and about 300 kilometres southeast of Calgary.

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