On Thursday, August 13, 2015, at 6:36 pm, Coronation RCMP were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover involving a cattle trailer on Highway 36, approximately eight kilometres south of Castor, Ab.
Fire crews from Castor and Coronation were also dispatched to the scene and remained well into the night to clear the vehicle and debris.
The driver of the semi was evaluated by EMS and was released on scene with minor injuries.
Many of the 46 cattle died as a result of the collision and two were euthanized by police.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, however driver error is believed to be a contributing factor.
Motor vehicle collision
On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Coronation RCMP, EMS, and Castor Fire responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 36 approximately 20 km south of Castor, Ab.
A northbound semi hauling a load of fertilizer left the roadway and entered the east ditch, with the trailer partially blocking the roadway.
Fire and towing crews worked for several hours to clear the roadway, resulting in a laneway closure until the vehicle, trailers, and debris could be cleared.
Environmental and Sustainable Resource Development also attended the scene due to phosphorus fertilizer spilling from the trailer.
The driver of the semi was transported by EMS to hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Alcohol a factor in fatal January collision
Police have confirmed that alcohol consumption was a factor in a single vehicle rollover that resulted in the death of a 19 year-old man from the Castor area in January.
On Jan. 19, 2015, a pickup truck rolled near Castor on Highway 12. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle died on scene. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was found to have had a blood alcohol concentration of over twice the legal limit.
Coronation RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens to always buckle up when driving, and also to find alternate transportation after drinking. Fatal impaired driving collisions are preventable – do your part and arrive alive.