January 10, 2019 12:33 am
Updated: January 10, 2019 6:35 pm

Youth seriously injured after head-on crash in west Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: A head-on crash on Winterburn Road in west Edmonton sent a young driver to hospital with serious injuries late Wednesday night.

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A head-on crash in west Edmonton sent a youth to hospital with serious injuries, police said Wednesday night.

The crash occurred on Winterburn Road between Rosenthal Boulevard and Whitemud Drive. Police said they believe one vehicle was headed north and the other was headed south when they collided. It was not clear if additional people were injured.

Winterburn Road (215 Street) was shut down in both directions for several hours. It reopened Thursday morning.

Police said the Major Collisions Unit was leading the investigation into what happened.

On Thursday afternoon, police provided details about their initial investigation into the cause of the crash.

“Investigators determined that a youth driver, who was operating an SUV (with his parents as passengers) (and) travelling north on 215 Street, unintentionally drove into a shoulder rut, which caused the vehicle to lose control and slide into the path of an oncoming southbound vehicle (a Jeep),” police said in an email to Global News. “The driver and passenger of the Jeep were treated at the scene and released.”

The youth who was driving the SUV is expected to survive his injuries, police said on Thursday. They did not say if his parents were injured.

Investigators believe driver inexperience may have been a factor in the crash. No charges are being contemplated, police said.

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