A man was rushed to hospital in critical condition yesterday after his vehicle ended up leaving the road and landed in the Bow River.
It happened on Deerfoot Trail at Dunbow Road just south of the city limits.
First responders say it’s believed the SUV left the northbound lanes of Deerfoot, travelled down the grassy embankment between the north and southbound lanes, and ended up in the river.
The fire department’s aquatic rescue team got the man out of the vehicle, and then EMS stabilized him so they could take him to hospital.
EMS spokesman Adam Loria says while the South Health Campus was close by, they took the patient to Foothills instead.
“In dire circumstances we will at times circumvent the system and attend the closest hospital, but with the ability that our crews have nowadays and the tools and the communications we’re able to get that person ultimately to where they need to be, and that’s the trauma centre.
The man was the only person in the vehicle, but a dog was also in the SUV at the time. The animal was found safe several hours later.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.