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Convoy tractor, pickup trucks collide on Highway 1 near Brooks

A convoy tractor and two pickup trucks were involved in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Brooks, Alta., on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Supplied by RCMP

Editor’s note: RCMP initially said a 27-year-old woman was involved, but later issued a correction saying it was a man.

Two people were taken to hospital after a collision between a truck and a convoy in southern Alberta on Saturday.

The crash happened on the Trans-Canada Highway, just west of Brooks, around 1:45 p.m.

RCMP said a farm tractor was moving slowly in a small convoy with at least one other pickup truck when a second pickup collided with the first truck’s rear bumper, pushing it off the road.

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The second truck then hit the rear left tire of the tractor, shearing it completely off.

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Both the second truck and the tractor tire came to rest in the median ditch, RCMP said.

A convoy tractor and two pickup trucks were involved in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Brooks, Alta., on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Supplied by RCMP

The 45-year-old man driving the second truck, who had to be extracted from the vehicle, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

A 27-year-old man who was a passenger in the first pickup truck also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and went to hospital. The driver of that pickup was not injured.

The 38-year-old man driving the tractor had minor injuries, Brooks RCMP said.

The crash serves as a reminder for drivers to be aware of slow-moving convoys across Alberta this weekend.

“This incident is illustrative of how large, slow-moving convoys can greatly reduce the safety of our provincial highways,” RCMP said.

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“Travelling at the posted speed limit is meant to maintain the free flow of traffic, and will reduce the chance of other motorists growing impatient with delays in their travel.”

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Police said even on major four-lane highways like the Trans-Canada, drivers are urged to be extra cautious when passing slow-moving vehicles.

“They could be slowing down for a hazard which may affect you,” police said.

For the past week, truck convoys against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and public health restrictions have been protesting in Ottawa and blocking the Coutts, Alta., border crossing.

As a result of convoys, traffic in several areas of the province is extremely slow. Police ask that everyone be lawful, respectful and patient when encountering slow-moving traffic.

“While everyone has the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, we remind individuals to do so within the confines of the law,” police said.

Read more: Trucker convoy protest continues in Ottawa for 2nd week

The investigation into this collision continues.

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