UPDATE: Head-on collision south of Ponoka closes Highway 2A lanes

Fire crews extricated one person with serious injuries

A serious head-on collision closed both lanes of Highway 2A about five kms south of Ponoka.

The incident occurred around 9:44 p.m. Dec. 1 on the first corner near Range Road 260 (south of Matejka Road).

The cause of the collision is not known, however, police confirm there ended being three vehicles involved.

“A southbound Hyundai and a northbound Corolla collided sending the Corolla into the east ditch where it rolled trapping one female occupant inside,” say police.

“The Hyundai spun and came to a resting spot in the southbound lane where it was then struck by a third vehicle.”

Attending the scene were EMS, the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit and the Ponoka County East District Fire Department.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver who was taken to the University of Alberta Hospital with serious injuries.

Initially it’s believed STARS Air Ambulance was called to the scene, however, due to a low level fog in the area, the chopper was cancelled.

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit issued a press release stating that portion of Highway 2A was impassable and would be for some hours while the collision analyst investigated and crews cleared the scene.

The collision was so severe it ripped one of the vehicle’s wheels off. It is not known if charges were laid in the incident.


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Members of the Ponoka County East District Fire Department work to extricate a driver involved in a serious collision south of Ponoka on Highway 2A Friday night. The incident was serious enough that both lanes were impassable for several hours while crews investigated. It’s not known the severity of the injuries from the incident. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

The second vehicle involved in the Friday night collision had relatively minor damage to it, however, its airbags did deploy. The vehicle ended up in the southbound lane of Highway 2A. An RCMP collision analyst was on scene to determine the cause. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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