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Black ice blamed in crash

UPDATE: noon

RCMP are blaming this morning's serious collision on Commonage Road on road conditions.

The route was closed for a short time after the 8 a.m. crash, which saw two vehicles go off a corner and land on top of each other in the ditch. 

The road was very icy at the time, and sanding crews have since been through the scene.

Const. Kelly Brett says the first northbound car hit some black ice and went off the road. A good Samaritan stopped to offer assistance, but just minutes later, another vehicle went off the same corner, hitting both the bystander and the driver of the first vehicle, who were out of their vehicles at the time. 

The second vehicle clipped the Samaritan, causing only minor injury, but left the driver of the first vehicle with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The patient was airlifted to hospital by helicopter.

No charges under the Motor Vehicle Act are being considered, says Brett.


UPDATE: 11:05 a.m.

Castanet News has now learned it was an occupant of one of the vehicles, and not the Good Samaritan, who was airlifted to hospital following the crash on Commonage Road Friday morning.

The person who stopped to assist the first vehicle that went off the road after hitting black ice says it was a female passenger from one of the vehicles that was taken away in the air ambulance.

No word on the condition of any of those involved in the crash.


UPDATE: 9:55 a.m.

A Good Samaritan who stopped to assist an accident victim on Commonage Road Friday morning was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Sometime around 8:30 a.m., a vehicle hit black ice as it was negotiating a curve near a pond on Commonage, and went off the road.

While a Good Samaritan was trying to assist the driver, a second vehicle hit the same patch of ice, seriously injuring the bystander.

There's no word on the severity of injuries to the two drivers.

The road was closed while emergency crews worked to extricate the two drivers.

Commonage Road is now open to traffic.


ORIGINAL: 8:55 a.m.

Police have a portion of Commonage Road blocked off following a two-vehicle crash Friday morning.

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. at a sharp corner near a pond on Commonage, just north of Bailey Road.

Castanet's content director Jon Manchester is on the scene.

He says the one of the vehicles landed on top of the other.

Both drivers have been removed from their vehicles.

An air ambulance is on scene.

More details when they become available.



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