Man ejected in single-vehicle collision

One young man has suffered life-threatening injuries and another faces criminal charges after a single-vehicle collision in Red Deer early Tuesday morning.

One young man has suffered life-threatening injuries and another faces criminal charges after a single-vehicle collision in Red Deer early Tuesday morning.

Red Deer City RCMP say a car with three young men inside was heading east on 77th Street at about 2:30 a.m. when it went out of control at the intersection of 44th Ave. close, striking steel-reinforced concrete posts and a fire hydrant.

One of the passengers, an 18-year-old man, suffered serious injuries when he ejected from the vehicle, said Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, media liaison for the Red Deer City RCMP. He was taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and airlifted from there to Edmonton, where he remains in treatment.

Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to extract the 19-year-old driver from the vehicle. He and the other passenger, an 18-year-old man, were both taken to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for treatment of less severe injuries.

Police took the driver into custody later in the day, after he was released from hospital. Officers investigating the collision anticipate laying charges, said DeHeer.