Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit speak to witnesses at the scene of a strange incident July 12 just north of Secondary Highway 611 on Highway 2. A woman drove her vehicle into the ditch and then ran onto the highway, narrowly escaping being run over. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Woman stands in front of semi on Highway 2

Potentially tragic event averted on QEII with help of Ponoka ITU members

Through the quick efforts of a semi-trailer driver and then an Alberta Sheriffs officer, the life of a woman was spared.

Around 11 a.m. on July 12, a woman from Maskwacis began what was supposed to be a trip to Calgary.

However, for an unknown reason, the woman wound up turning northbound at the Secondary Highway 611 overpass with Highway 2. At that point, the vehicle she was driving went into the east ditch, coming to a stop right at the welcome sign for the County of Wetaskiwin.

Police confirm the vehicle just tapped the sign, followed by the woman getting out and running into the middle of the northbound lanes where she stood in front of a semi-trailer bearing down on her.

Fortunately, the driver was able to stop in time, but the situation didn’t end there.

The woman jumped up on the tractor unit, climbed onto the hood then over it and made her way onto the two tank trailers it was hauling.

Once there, she sat down and refused to move, ending up removing her shirt and pants in the process.

A short time later, an Alberta Sheriff member of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) arrived on scene.

Following a chat, and after the officer offered to remove his gun and bullet proof vest, the woman calmed down enough to where she voluntarily came down.

By that time, several other ITU members – both Sheriffs and RCMP officers – had made it to the scene to provide further assistance.

No charges are being laid and the woman voluntarily accepted transport to the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, where she was admitted and her clothing was returned to her.

 

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit speak to witnesses after a woman drove into the ditch on Highway 2 before running in front of the semi-trailer tanker unit shown. Miraculously, the driver was able to stop in time, though Sheriffs had to talk her down after she climbed up and over the cab to sit on top of the tank trailers. Photo by Jordie Dwyer

Just Posted

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying it’s ‘ill-equipped’ for market

The company will begin closing stores at the end of March

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Team Alberta takes exciting victory in wheelchair basketball, remains undefeated

After three games in the tournament, Alberta is sitting in first place of its pool

UPDATED: ‘Violent’ B.C. man back in custody after Alberta arrest

Prince George man with ties to Vernon was being sought by police

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Two have resigned already: Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

He spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Most Read