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Teen driver suffers life-threatening injuries in southeast Edmonton collision

One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020. Eric Beck, Global News

An 18-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in southeast Edmonton Friday.

A spokesperson for STARS Air Ambulance told Global News one of its helicopters was dispatched to the scene at 2:12 p.m.

Police were called to a two-vehicle collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street just before 2 p.m.

One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020. Eric Beck, Global News

Police said the teen was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier and was headed south on 17 Street. As she approached Ellerslie Road, police said she reportedly completed a U-turn in the intersection.

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“At the same time, a Ford F-350, operated by a 40-year-old male, was approaching 17 Street and collided with the Chevrolet Cavalier,” police said in a news release.

“The 18-year-old was subsequently trapped inside her vehicle and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services had to extricate her.”

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, according to police. Three passengers in the pickup truck were also not injured.

At least two fire trucks, four police vehicles, an EMS vehicle and an ambulance were on scene Friday afternoon.

The intersection was closed in all directions Friday afternoon and police anticipated the area would be shut down for several hours. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police said the intersection had been reopened.

The Major Collision Investigation Section has taken over the investigation. Police said charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck.

–With files from Global News’ Phil Heidenreich

One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020. Eric Beck, Global News
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020. Eric Beck, Global News
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020.
One person suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision at Ellerslie Road and 17 Street in Edmonton Friday, July 10, 2020. Eric Beck, Global News