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Deadly May long weekend on Alberta roads

Officers were called to the crash on Highway 15 near 94 Street at around 9:50 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016.
Officers were called to the crash on Highway 15 near 94 Street at around 9:50 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016. Cliff Harris, Global News

It’s been a deadly weekend on Alberta roads, with four people losing their lives in collisions between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

The most recent collision happened at 12:50 p.m. Saturday southwest of Edmonton. RCMP and fire crews were called to a two-vehicle collision involving an SUV and pick-up truck at Glen Park Road and Range Road 281, near Thorsby.

Emergency crews pulled an 82-year-old woman from the SUV she was driving. She was taken to Leduc Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The 19-year-old man driving the pickup and his female passenger, whose age is not known, were taken to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. There is not word on whether charges will be laid.

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There have been three other fatal collisions in the Capital Region this weekend, all of which happened Friday night.

A 43-year-old woman died in hospital after a two-vehicle collision in Fort Saskatchewan at around 9:50 p.m. Friday. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. He was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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A 35-year-old woman was killed in a fiery crash that injured three other people just east of Leduc at around 7:10 p.m. Friday. RCMP said members of the public pulled the woman from her vehicle and performed first-aid and CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people in the other vehicle–a 43-year-old man, 42-year-old woman and seven-year-old girl–were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The cause of the collision is still under investigation and it’s not known if charges will be laid.

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Charges are pending against the driver of a car involved in a deadly crash in Strathcona County Friday evening. RCMP said alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash, which left a male cyclist dead.

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Mounties said a car was heading east on Highway 14 when it collided with a man on a bicycle just east of Highway 216. According to police, the cyclist was trying to cross the highway. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Watch below: Three people killed in crashes in the Edmonton area Friday night

Deadly start to May long weekend on Alberta roads
Deadly start to May long weekend on Alberta roads

Before the long weekend started, RCMP issued a warning to drivers after what’s already proven to be a deadly start to May on Alberta highways. As of Thursday, May 19, the province has recorded 17 traffic deaths in RCMP jurisdictions this month.

“Seventeen murders over a two-week period would cause most Albertans to sit up and ask what’s going on,” RCMP Superintendent Ian Lawson said Thursday.

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After a string of deadly crashes this weekend, RCMP stressed the importance of leaving early and paying attention to the road in order to arrive at your destination alive.

“We just want people to slow down, buckle up, put the cellphones away and don’t drink and drive. Pretty basic rules, but those are pretty major on highways,” Cst. Andrew Gildart with Strathcona County RCMP Traffic Services said.

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“It’s very discouraging to me to see people out on the roads still not abiding by the rules.”

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In 2015, four people were killed in motor vehicle collisions within RCMP jurisdictions in Alberta over the Victoria Day weekend.

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