Liquor and excessive speed are suspected factors in keeping Calgary’s emergency crews on their toes early yesterday.


A pair of Deerfoot Trail crashes- one near Memorial Drive and another near 16 Avenue are believed to have been precipitated by alcohol and excessive speed, said Calgary Police Services duty Insp. Dave Wood.


At about 12:45 a.m., a vehicle carrying five passengers struck the guardrail just south of 16 Avenue. Workers from Calgary Fire Department pried open the doors to remove the passengers, two of whom were sent to hospital.


Less than four hours later, excessive speed and alcohol are believed to have figured prominently in a single-vehicle crash on northbound Deerfoot Trail near Memorial Drive, said Wood. The driver was sent to hospital after fire crews extracted her from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.