80 year old woman received minor injuries in crash that closed highway

A Red Deer man is facing charges following a collision which closed Highway 11 west of Sylvan Lake for over two hours Saturday morning.

A Red Deer man is facing charges following a collision which closed Highway 11 west of Sylvan Lake for over two hours Saturday morning.

Sylvan Lake RCMP, firefighters and Associated Ambulance personnel arrived at the scene to find a Jeep Liberty on its roof and a pick-up truck with a heavily damaged front driver’s corner on the shoulder of the opposite lane.

An 80 year old woman from Red Deer, the driver of the Jeep, suffered minor injuries. She was transported to Red Deer Regional Hospital by ambulance and released later in the day.

A third vehicle, following the Jeep, struck debris from the collision. No one in that vehicle was injured. The crash happened about 9:30 a.m.

Both east and westbound traffic was detoured around the crash scene until about noon.

Investigation determined the east bound GMC pick-up truck crossed the centre line and collided with the westbound Jeep, according to Cpl. James Allemekinders.

The uninjured driver of the truck, Anthony Richard Watts, 35, of Red Deer, has been charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm and transporting liquor in an open container.

“Alcohol was a factor in this collision”, said Allemekinders in a news release.