Suspect SUV ‘believed to have driven off embankment’ after post office theft in rural Alberta

A suspect vehicle is believed to have been driven over an embankment after being involved in mail theft in an Alberta village March 6, 2020. New Brunswick RCMP

Two men were rushed to hospital suffering serious, life-threatening injuries after the vehicle they were in “was believed to have driven off an embankment.”

RCMP said Consort officers responded to a theft of mail from a post office in Veteran on Friday at 5:37 a.m.

A suspect SUV was identified and several RCMP detachments, including Vegreville, Viking and Killam “attempted to contain the vehicle,” RCMP said.

As they were coordinating a containment plan, the suspect vehicle was found, heavily damaged, north of Chipman, Alta.

On Monday, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team issued a release saying the vehicle turned south on Range Road 184 near Chipman, where a bridge was under repair and it collided with the concrete barriers on the roadway.

A 37-year-old man was taken to hospital by STARS, while a 40-year-old man was taken by ground ambulance. Both were taken to the same hospital in Edmonton and were listed in critical condition with various injuries.

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Veteran is about 250 kilometres east of Red Deer.

ASIRT will investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision and actions of police.

RCMP will continue to investigate the events leading up to the collision.

ASIRT is called in to investigate any time police activity leads to injury or death of a civilian.