The Calgary Police Service is investigating what they believe to have been a high-speed street race in southwest Calgary over the weekend.
Officers and emergency medical services responded to a two-vehicle collision just after midnight on Saturday, July 27, with a release stating that both vehicles left the road after coming to a bend that had been under construction.
It is believed that one of the vehicles rolled multiple times before the two vehicles eventually came to a stop, both catching fire.
Both drivers, who are described in the release as men in their early 30s, sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital.
While police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision, the high rate of speed that both vehicles were travelling at makes the Calgary Police Service believe the collision to be the result of illegal street racing, which has been posing a “significant problem in Calgary.”
“Drivers who street race are often inexperienced and are driving on roads not designed for high speeds, where there is traffic, pedestrians, and other hazards,” the release states.
CPS even launched an operation earlier this summer in an attempt to curb street racing throughout the city, which had seen hundreds of tickets handed out and multiple vehicles towed in the months since.
Anyone with information on Saturday’s collision is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s Traffic Section at 403-567-4000 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-266-1234 or by visiting their website.
Any street racing activities should be reported using the above channels as well.