‘I just held her and told her she was loved’ Witnesses spring to action in deadly McKnight Boulevard crash


Police said a woman is dead and two people have been taken to hospital in life-threatening condition after a crash on a busy roadway in northeast Calgary during Tuesday’s evening rush.

At around 5 p.m., emergency crews were called to a single-vehicle collision on eastbound McKnight Boulevard between 52 and 68 streets.

EMS said all three people were thrown from the vehicle, which rolled.

According to paramedics, two of the patients were females. One is believed to in her teens, while the other is in her late teens or early twenties. One of them died on the way to hospital.

The other patient was a man believed to be in his 50’s.

Jan Ginther had been driving about three vehicles behind the SUV that crashed. She and her husband who have medical training jumped out to help.

“I sat with the one girl and my husband was sitting with the man. She was having a difficult time breathing. I did a jaw-thrust [maneuver] on her to try and help… we looked for ID so that we could have some names to go with them and so that we could talk to them,” Ginther said.

“I just held her and told her that she was loved and someone would be there soon.”

Police said they believe speed is a factor and have closed the busy roadway to traffic as they investigate.

Emergency crews were called to McKnight Boulevard between 52 and 68th Streets Northeast for a serious collision Tuesday around 5 p.m.

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-With files from Tracy Nagai