Driver left vehicle, then struck by another following Whitemud Drive collision

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WATCH ABOVE: A serious collision shut down Whitemud Drive westbound near Fox Drive on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 – Feb 16, 2019

A 31-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after she was struck by a vehicle on Whitemud Drive westbound near the Quesnell Bridge Saturday morning.

It happened at around 8:15 a.m. Police were told a blue Lexus RX350 was heading west on the Whitemud and lost control near the Fox Drive exit. It reportedly hit the centre barrier between the west and eastbound lanes.

“The female driver of the Lexus reportedly exited her vehicle and was speaking with another motorist who had stopped to assist her when a black Dodge Nitro, travelling west on Whitemud Drive, slid into her and came to a stop in the far right lane of the freeway,” police said in a news release Saturday evening.

EMS responded and took the woman to hospital with serious injuries. The 48-year-old man driving the Nitro was also treated by EMS and taken to hospital with minor injuries, police said.

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Whitemud Drive westbound was closed just prior to the Fox Drive exit for several hours Saturday because of the crash.

It was reopened to traffic at around 2:30 p.m.

Police believe speed and “vehicle maintenance” may have been factors in the crash. Impairment is not considered a factor.

Officers continue to investigate and say charges are pending.

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