Edmonton tow-truck driver sent to hospital after being hit while responding to vehicles in ditch

Edmonton roads slippery on Friday afternoon
WATCH ABOVE: Police are warning Edmontonians to be careful if they are driving on Friday afternoon as poor road conditions are being reported throughout parts of the city. Quinn Ohler reports.

A tow-truck driver is in hospital in Edmonton after being struck by a vehicle while responding to a call Friday afternoon.

At around 12:30 p.m., the worker was responding to a number of calls about vehicles in the ditch in the area of 17 Street and Whitemud Drive, according to AMA. While he was putting out traffic cones, a passing car struck him with its side mirror.

“Every day, our tow truck drivers put their lives on the line to help Alberta drivers. What we ask in return is a safe environment – for everyone at the roadside,” Don Smitten, president and CEO of AMA said.

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According to police, the worker suffered injuries to his arm and was taken to hospital.

AMA says a traffic blocker truck was positioned on the freeway and both vehicles had their amber emergency lights on at the time.

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“Although we’re grateful the injuries weren’t worse, this is a sobering reminder of the risks tow truck drivers face and how these incidents are entirely preventable. We can, and we must, do more to ensure their safety,” Smitten said.

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The driver of the vehicle was charged with driving at an unreasonable speed.

Edmonton roads were slick on Friday as snow fell and temperatures hovered around the -15 C mark. According to police, between 12 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, 189 collisions had been reported to them. Thirteen of those were hit-and-run collisions, 15 resulted in injuries and 161 caused damage to property.

Police are reminding drivers to take care on the roads and to drive to the conditions.

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The City of Edmonton said it had a number of crews out on the road. According to a spokesperson, there were over 230 pieces of equipment, including 135 sanders/plough units, 24 ploughs and 20 graders, out working to clear the snow.

In a news release, AMA reminded drivers that it is law in Alberta for drivers to either slow down to 60 km/h, or slower if the posted speed limit is slower, or, whenever possible, to move over one full lane from any vehicle with its emergency lights activated.

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