Speed and aggressive driving led to a 3-vehicle collision on Highway 2 south of Airdrie on August 31 during the afternoon commute.

At 5:30 pm on Friday, members of the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit arrived at the scene in the northbound lanes of the QE-2, between the Calgary city limits and the Highway 566 overpass.

Officers determined that a 1994 Peterbuilt 3-ton truck collided with a 2009 Dodge Ram, which then careened into a 2011 GMC Terrain.

There were a total of 5 occupants in the 3 vehicles involved, but no one was injured.

Witnesses to the collision reported that traffic was heavy at the time. As traffic slowed due to congestion, the driver of the Peterbuilt rear-ended the vehicle ahead, initiating the chain-reaction collision.

The driver of the Peterbuilt, a 37-year old man from Cochrane, has subsequently been charged with careless driving.

Sheriff Jason Graw, with the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit, commented on the incident: “This collision is an example of how driving aggressively by following too closely and not allowing sufficient space for your vehicle to stop can have serious consequences. In heavy long-weekend traffic, as in this case, it is especially important for drivers to leave a sufficient safety gap between themselves and the vehicle ahead in case traffic slows or emergency maneuvers need to be made.”

RCMP and Sheriffs are integrating provincial traffic resources around the province for the Labour Day weekend.