U-turn proves fatal for Alberta Mountie

An RCMP officer was killed Tuesday while conducting speed enforcement on Highway 2A near the town of Millet, about 53 kilometres south of Edmonton.

The scene of a fatal crash where RCMP Constable James Lundblad of the RCMP Camrose Traffic Services Unit was tragically killed when his marked RCMP police car was involved in a collision with a grain truck as he participated in speed enforcement activities on Highway 2A south of Millett on Tuesday.

MILLET — An RCMP officer was killed Tuesday while conducting speed enforcement on Highway 2A near the town of Millet, about 53 kilometres south of Edmonton.

Const. James Lundblad, of RCMP Traffic Services in Camrose, was killed when his marked RCMP vehicle was involved in a collision with a grain truck on the highway around 10 a.m.

Lundblad was parked on the shoulder of the highway when a suspected speeder passed by. As the constable made a U-turn to intercept the vehicle, he was struck on the driver’s side by the grain truck, RCMP said.

Both vehicles travelled across the southbound lane into the ditch.

Lundblad was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the grain truck was not injured.

Lundblad had been a member of Camrose traffic services unit for a year and a half, after spending his first six years with the RCMP in Edson, Alta.

In a news release, Premier Ed Stelmach expressed his sadness over the death of the officer.

“The men and women who wear the uniform of the RCMP are a source of pride in Alberta. The loss of one of our peace officers in the line of duty is mourned by the entire community. My thoughts and prayers go out to the member’s family and friends, and his colleagues in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during this tragic time,” Stelmach said.

Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security Minister Fred Lindsay also extended his sympathies in a written statement.

“On behalf of all Members of the Legislative Assembly and all Albertans, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of the RCMP member who lost his life serving us,” he said. “Through our words and actions, we must ensure this officer’s ultimate sacrifice, and that of others before him, is never forgotten.”

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