Mom, child among those injured in Westsyde crash

A mother and her seven-year-old child were two of three people injured Tuesday morning in a rear-end collision while waiting to turn into Westmount elementary school.

Emergency crews were called to the school, at Walkem Road and Westsyde Road, at about 8:20 a.m. for a report of a crash.

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RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said an SUV was waiting to turn left onto Walkem Road when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck.

“In that SUV was a mom and three kids,” Shelkie said. “The mom and one of the kids, seven years old, went to Royal Inland Hospital with minor injuries to be checked out. The female driver of the pickup also has minor injuries.”

The intersection where the collision occurred was recently upgraded by the city in an attempt to help alleviate congestion as parents drop off and pick up their kids at the school. Last school year, it was the subject of multiple complaints.

Shelkie said it’s too early to determine what caused Tuesday’s crash.

“Right now, it’s undetermined whether the pickup driver is at fault,” she said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

According to Shelkie, the incident should serve as a reminder to drivers to exercise caution around schools.

“There’s extra traffic right now before school and after school,” she said. “At every intersection, especially around schools, drivers should be aware of vehicles and pedestrians.”

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