A Red Deer man involved in a serious collision near Sylvan Lake on Saturday morning has been charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm and transporting liquor in an open container.
Sylvan Lake RCMP say the man’s eastbound pickup truck crossed the centre line on Hwy 11, about one and a half km west of Sylvan Lake, and collided a westbound Jeep at about 9:33 a.m.
The Jeep flipped over in the north ditch and was heavily damaged.
The driver and lone occupant of the Jeep, an 80-year-old woman from Red Deer, was injured and transported by ambulance to Red Deer Regional Hospital. She was released from hospital on Saturday. The truck ended up on the highway’s south shoulder.
A third vehicle following the Jeep was struck with debris from the truck. The occupants were not injured. Anthony Richard Watts, 35, was charged and released from police custody on bail by a justice of the peace to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Aug. 23. Police say alcohol was a factor in the collision.
Traffic in both directions was re-routed from Hwy 11 for about two hours during the investigation.