Earlier this week, first responders in the Drumheller area put on a mock accident demonstration for local teens to encourage them not to drive impaired. Now they have a second reminder.
Residents of Newcastle were woken around 3:00 a.m. Saturday by a crash on Highway 575 at the middle entrance to South Newcastle and the Greenwood Villa Mobile Home Park.
"Investigation revealed the truck was travelling westbound on 575 and attempted to turn left, but he ended up going off road and crashed into a parked truck and and RV, both of which sustained heavy damage," reported RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles.
"The male driver and male passenger of the truck escaped without injuries and very soon after, the vehicle they were driving burst into flames," he outlined. "When police arrived on scene they conducted an investigation and ended up arresting a 21 year old male driver for impaired operation of a motor vehicle."
The driver and his passenger were taken to the Drumheller Health Centre to be checked out, then went back to the RCMP detachment for processing before being released. We don't have their names.
The irony of the accident's timing was not lost on Charles.
"It's sad to say, especially on the end of our Impact Day when we're asking these young drivers don't drink and don't smoke weed and drive, and yet two days later we get a 21 year old male doing this."