A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries Wednesday after a collision on Whitemud Drive that occurred after police say two vehicles were speeding down the freeway.
At about 7 p.m., police said a blue 2019 Chevrolet Camaro and an unidentified red car were seen speeding east on the Whitemud. As the vehicles approached the 53 Avenue off-ramp, officers said the Camaro left the road, struck a light pole and ended up on its roof.
The 22-year-old man driving the Camaro was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
“Speeds are unfortunately high on all of our main corridors in the city, but with spring in the air, the speeds our traffic services members have been seeing are flat out dangerous and are putting the public at risk,” Insp. Keith Johnson of the EPS traffic services branch said in a news release.
Johnson said police have already stopped and written almost 100 tickets this year to drivers who were travelling more than 50 kilometres per hour over the posted speed limit.
“In the last week alone, we issued a ticket to a driver doing 171 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and a motorcycle operator doing 166 km/h in a 100 km/h zone,” Johnson said.
“All of our main traffic corridors, including the Whitemud, are a concern and we continue to enforce all traffic laws as part of our mandate to build community safety and reduce the frequency and severity of crashes.”
Edmonton police closed the southbound lanes of the road in the area following the crash, diverting traffic onto Fox Drive. For several hours, there was also no access onto Whitemud Drive south from Fox Drive east.
In a news release just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday, police said the roadway had reopened.
The Edmonton Police Service’s major collision investigation unit is leading the investigation. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or has a dashcam video of the red car to contact the EPS at 780-123-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.