Two RCMP members from Cochrane were taken to hospital last night after a crash between a police cruiser and another vehicle along Highway 1A near Morley.

RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkoff says "We had two police officers from the Cochrane Detachment who were inside one police cruiser and they were en route to a call for service. As they were driving they came across a vehicle that was completely perpendicular to the road and in their driving lane and they ended up t-boning the vehicle."

Three occupants from the other vehicle from Morley were all taken by ambulance to Foothills Hospital in Calgary and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Savinkoff says they suspect alcohol was a factor in this crash.

"The police officers that arrived on scene had observed that the three occupants of the vehicle that was struck were all believed to be impaired by alcohol and an investigation into the driver of the vehicle has begun. As of right now no charges have been laid and the investigation is ongoing."

The two Mounties from Cochrane were driven to hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and have since been released. 

"Both officers were taken to Canmore hospital. Both have minor injuries, whiplash that sort of thing, they were both treated and then released. Their return to work date hasn't been determined yet. They certainly won't be coming into work tonight."

Savinkoff adds "Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada."

"Even though five people were injured in this collision it could have been much worse."

Cochrane RCMP remind all residents to take extra care during this already difficult time.