The driver of a livestock feed truck and his passenger walked away from a rollover north of Erskine with only minor injuries, RCMP report.
On Sunday, July 6 at 7:30 a.m., Stettler RCMP, EMS, and the Regional Fire Department responded to a 911 call to the rollover on highway 601.
When crews arrived on scene the driver, a 23-year-old man from Springbrook, Alta., was outside of the vehicle and while bloody, only had suffered minor injuries.
The fire department later released information stating there was a passenger in the vehicle who also escaped without injury.
The truck was heading eastbound to Donalda with a load of liquid hog feed.
The driver “reported that the pup trailer dragged the truck toward the ditch and the attempt to correct the movement was unsuccessful,” Stettler RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Duncan Babchuk reported. “The semi-truck rolled into the south ditch and dumped part of the non-hazardous load out of the top of the tanker.”
EMS treated the driver on the scene. No other vehicles were involved and no charges were laid due to the mechanical malfunction of the vehicle.
Impaired boating can cost driver’s licence
The Stettler RCMP is reminding boaters to ride the waves sober, as an impaired charge on the lake is no different than being caught drunk behind the wheel.
Impaired charges can cost a person their licence for a few days to a few months, depending on impairment.
“The biggest offense we’re seeing is that people have a cooler on the boat, and it has pop and it has water and it has alcohol,” Sgt. Babchuk said.
He noted that almost everyone the police stop on area lakes, using the RCMP boat shared between the Stettler and Bashaw detachments, is in compliance with equipment, such as having a bailing bucket, whistle, and life jacket for all riders.
Alcohol is a consistent problem, though.
Babchuk also noted that while there are no speed limits on lakes in Alberta, there are speed limits when approaching the shoreline.
Once within 30 metres of shore, the speed limit is 10 km/h, the only exception being when boaters are dropping off water skiers, or are heading straight out from shore while towing a skier.