Crash claims motorcyclist

A motorcyclist was killed and three other people taken to hospital in two separate crashes near Three Hills on Saturday.

A motorcyclist was killed and three other people taken to hospital in two separate crashes near Three Hills on Saturday.

The motorcyclist was killed in a three-vehicle collision that happened about 12:14 p.m. on Hwy 21, about four km south of Three Hills.

RCMP said a southbound truck hauling a trailer was waiting for a vehicle to turn left into the Braconnier Reservoir campground. A southbound Jeep slammed into the trailer, flipped and rolled into the northbound lane on Hwy 21.

A woman heading north on the motorcycle collided with the Jeep. The motorcyclist was taken by STARS to Calgary but died before reaching the hospital.

The male driver of the truck received minor injuries and was treated and released from hospital.

The female driving the Jeep received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and remains in Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

RCMP have not released the name of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.

Charges are expected to be laid.

In a separate early morning accident, Three Hills RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Hwy 21 about 14 km south of Three Hills.

A 19-year-old man was driving southbound on the highway and left the road on the west side and rolled multiple times.

The driver was airlifted by STARS to a Calgary hospital with critical injuries. The investigation continues and charges are expected.

STARS also responded to a pair of quad accidents on Saturday.

A woman was transported to University of Alberta Hospital after STARS out of Edmonton responded to a quad accident about 6:24 p.m. about two km east of Nordegg. The condition of the woman isn’t known.

A Calgary STARS helicopter was also called in to transport a woman in injured in a quad accident about 40 km southwest of Rocky Mountain House. She was taken to Calgary’s Foothills Hospital.

Her condition isn’t known.