document.write(dateTranslator.displayLong('Decembe r 8, 2007 12:00:00 AM MST')); Saturday, December 8, 2007
Calgary police charge cement truck driver after crash that killed five
THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY - Calgary police have laid six charges against the driver of a cement truck after a horrific crash that killed two adults and three children.
"He now faces six criminal charges, five in relation to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and one charge of refusing to provide a breath sample," Insp. Guy Slater said Saturday.
A cement truck collided with a mid-sized car that was stopped at a red light about 7 p.m. Friday, police allege. The car was lodged underneath the truck and was pushed for almost 300 metres, police said.
Temperatures were relatively warm at the time and roads were mainly dry. Excessive speed and alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash, said Slater.
"However, the full details will be the subject of the traffic investigation which is currently under way," he said.
"(Investigators) will be assessing witness statements, as well as the survey of the crash scene, to assess how fast the vehicles were travelling at the time of impact, and what other factors may have been involved."
All five occupants of the car, a 41-year-old man, a 33-year-old woman, girls aged six and nine, and a 16-month-old boy, were pronounced dead at the scene.