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Crash spurred by semi

Up to eight vehicles were involved in a collision on Yellowhead Trail yesterday afternoon when a semi truck barreled into the back of one car, steering it into oncoming traffic.

Up to eight vehicles were involved in a collision on Yellowhead Trail yesterday afternoon when a semi truck barreled into the back of one car, steering it into oncoming traffic.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. at 127 Street and Yellowhead Trail, causing major delays both east and west.

Marilyn Bell’s red Toyota Camry crumpled in the accident, as the semi hit her from behind, dragging her across the intersection.

“It was really scary,” said Bell. “It just went on and on, one crash after the other.”

Bell was in her car with her granddaughter, Jamie, stopped eastbound on Yellowhead Trail, waiting to turn north onto 127 Street. Upon impact they were pushed about 250 metres into the westbound lanes, hitting oncoming vehicles and causing other accidents, coming to a halt facing the opposite direction.

Brent Ankram was behind the wheel of one of the vehicles swiped by Bell’s.

He was in the left turning lane heading west on Yellowhead when the vehicles hit six or seven other cars, causing many to jump the median, he said.

Ankram had a conversation with the driver of the semi, and was told he had a coughing fit that led to the medical episode.

Overall, Ankram was surprised nobody was hurt.

“Everybody’s in pretty good spirits actually,” he said.

 
 
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