Airdrie RCMP were forced to close a section of the QEII Highway for over four hours Wednesday after a vehicle travelling the wrong way collided with a semi-trailer.
It happened in the southbound lanes of Highway 2 north of Calgary just before 3 a.m.
RCMP said an SUV was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided head-on with a semi-trailer; a second semi-trailer then collided with the first semi-trailer.
The driver of the SUV, a 22-year-old man, was taken to the Foothills Medical Centre in serious but stable condition, but ultimately suffered only minor injuries.
“Fortunately, the patient we did transport was up and walking around the scene prior to EMS arrival and been able to get out of his vehicle despite some of the damage,” said EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux.
“Given the type of vehicles involved and the direction of travel in the middle of the night, it’s fortunate that this wasn’t more serious.”
The drivers of both semi-trailers suffered minor injuries.
Traffic was detoured on to Yankee Valley Boulevard at Airdrie, but was moving again on the QEII by about 7:30 a.m.