STARS Air Ambulance was dispatched to a dirt bike incident in Sylvan Lake on Saturday.

STARS Air Ambulance was dispatched to a dirt bike incident in Sylvan Lake on Saturday.

One dead following early-morning dirt bike incident

An incident involving two dirt bikes early Saturday morning has resulted in the death of a 26-year-old Sylvan Lake man

An incident involving two dirt bikes early Saturday morning has resulted in the death of a 26-year-old Sylvan Lake man, and left another 27-year-old Sylvan Lake man critically injured.

RCMP attended the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision in a gravel lane behind Lodge Place just after 6 a.m. Saturday, where they located the two men seriously injured, along with two damaged dirt bikes.

Two STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were dispatched, and landed in the football field at ƒcole Fox Run School.

Both men were treated, with one airlifted by STARS to Edmonton, and the other pronounced dead on scene.

Neither was wearing a helmet or protective gloves. The bikes were neither registered nor street legal, according to RCMP.

RCMP say alcohol and drugs may have played a factor in the incident. Names have not been released.

“Police would like to take this opportunity to again remind the public that alcohol and drugs do not mix with motor vehicles of any kind,” said Sylvan Lake RCMP Cpl. James Allemekinders in a media release. “This is a horrible way to start the last long weekend of the summer.”

The Sylvan Lake Fire Department and Associated EMS were also on scene.

RCMP are continuing to investigate the incident, which sees criminal charges pending.