June 4, 2015 Motor vehicle collision - AFD response details

Monday, June 8, 2015 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thursday, June 4 the Airdrie Fire Department was extremely busy responding to emergency incidents which had occurred throughout the city due to a rapid and aggressive rain event. Many responses were to attend to motor vehicle collisions.

One incident of note took place at 4:27 p.m. when a large commercial truck left the roadway and collided into a utility light pole. The collision scene was located on 8 Street SW south of Yankee Valley Boulevard.

When crews arrived they found that the badly damaged pole remained standing and that services in the area had not be been disrupted. Due to concerns that the damage could pose a public hazard, the area was quickly cordoned off with access limited to emergency and utility personnel.

The operator of the truck was treated on scene by Alberta Health Services and later transported to hospital.

Firefighters worked to contain a large amount of hydraulic oil that had leaked onto the roadway from truck hoses that were badly damaged during the collision. Their efforts were challenged due to the severe rain that was falling and mixing with the oil. Absorbent pads, socks and material were used to contain and control the hazard.

Crews remained on scene for approximately four hours until the incident had been resolved and the roadway re-opened.

Three pieces of apparatus and seven firefighters were on scene.


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Deputy Chief Garth Rabel
403.948.8800 ext.7612



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