One person was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries following a fiery collision between a motorhome and a semi-trailer unit on Monday, July 23.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Highways 12 and 305 at about 12:30 p.m.
According to Martensville Deputy Fire Chief Dean Brooman, the impact of the collision caused a propane tank on the motorhome to ignite, sending clouds of thick black smoke billowing over the highway.
By the time firefighters arrived, the motorhome was fully engulfed in flames.
Brooman said the driver of the motorhome was rescued from the wreck by two unidentified men who apparently witnessed the collision.
“There were two gentlemen who were actually able to pull the driver out of the vehicle and get him away from it as it started to ignite,” said Brooman in an interview at the scene of the crash. “They deserve a lot of credit for their quick action.”
The driver of the semi-trailer unit was not injured in the collision.
Martensville firefighters focused on extinguishing the flames and treating the collision victim, said Brooman.
“We just began an aggressive attack and started treating the patient who was hurt. He was transferred to hospital by Medavie Ambulance with what we believe to be non-life-threatening injuries.”
Brooman said it was fortunate there were no buildings or vegetation in the vicinity because the wind was quite strong at the time of the collision, and the flames could have spread.
“The propane tank vented off before we got here, which is what it’s supposed to do,” said Brooman. “The fuels that were spilled also burned.”
Brooman said the biggest concern was traffic, which was blocked in all four directions as a result of the collision.
“It’s a busy summer day, with lots of traffic, and because of the construction of the overpass, there’s a lot of truck traffic at this intersection,” said Brooman. “Everything was seized up in four directions for quite a while.”
Brooman advised motorists to use “extra caution” on the highways. “With the construction taking place in this area, it’s busy, so just slow down, folks,” said Brooman. “Take your time, and look two or three or four times before you proceed.”
Warman RCMP are currently investigating the cause of the collision.