ATV rollover claims life

An ATV rollover occurring on the afternoon of September 16 has claimed the life of a 42-year-old Rimbey woman.

An ATV rollover occurring on the afternoon of September 16 has claimed the life of a 42-year-old Rimbey woman.

Sgt. Mark Groves said the incident, which occurred near Open Creek Dam located west of Rimbey, is being investigated by an RCMP collision analyst. No charges have been laid.

The woman, who was a passenger on the ATV, died at the scene. Groves said emergency personnel from Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House responded to the rollover at approximately 4:50 p.m.

He said a 28-year-old man, walked to the Open Creek Campground to call for help for his wife, who was not wearing a helmet when the collision occurred.

The woman was located after RCMP, the volunteer fire department and emergency medical crews from Rimbey and Clearwater County Fire Department searched the hilly area west of the campground. STARS Air Ambulance was called in and was able to land in the area.

The deceased lady’s husband was treated at Rimbey Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.

Groves said wearing protective gear including a helmet, chest protector and gloves is important when riding an ATV. He also suggests carrying a satellite phone and letting someone know the details of any planned ride.

“Be prepared for the unexpected and let someone know where you are going and the time you are expected to be back.”