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2 men sent to hospital after van hits cyclist early Saturday, Calgary police say

Two men were rushed to hospital early Saturday morning following a collision between a cyclist and van, where both drivers are believed to have been impaired, Calgary police say.

Cyclist thrown 20 metres after impact, police believe cyclist, van driver were impaired at time of crash

Calgary police say the van rolled after hitting a concrete barrier on Memorial Drive. (City of Calgary Transportation)

Two men were rushed to hospital early Saturday morning following a collision between a cyclist and van, where both drivers are believed to have been impaired, Calgary police say.

Around 12:30 a.m., an "older model" Dodge Caravan was heading east in the right-hand lane of Memorial Drive, just past Deerfoot Trail, when the vehicle hit a cyclist riding on the edge of the road, police say.

The cyclist, a 46-year-old man, was thrown nearly 20 metres after impact and landed on a grassy median. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was sent to hospital, police say.

Police say the driver of the van then veered left, crossing three lanes and hit the concrete barrier separating Memorial Drive from the CTrain. That impact caused the van to roll. 

The driver, also a 46-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

Both men are believed to have been impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision. Police also believe the cyclist was under the influence of drugs as well.

Speeding is not considered to be a factor, police say.

Witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage is asked to call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

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