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Stolen minivan involved in series of hit-and-run collisions on Calgary's Macleod Trail

A man is in hospital and facing charges after a stolen minivan was involved in a series of hit-and-run collisions on Macleod Trail Monday. It comes just days after another high-profile crash on the busy thoroughfare.

Charges pending against driver who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

The minivan struck a traffic island and rolled before striking two large street signs, where it came to a stop. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

A man is in hospital and facing charges after a stolen minivan was involved in a series of hit-and-run collisions in south Calgary on Monday.

Police said they received multiple reports that a minivan stolen in the 7500 block of Macleod Trail was being driven erratically southbound around 1:30 p.m.

The driver kept going after hitting at least seven vehicles. Several victims were assessed by EMS for minor injuries, police said Tuesday.

In the final crash, the driver struck a car that was turning left from northbound Macleod Trail on to Southport Road S.E. as police were responding to the incidents.

The car that was hit came to a stop against a light standard, police said. The driver and passenger in that vehicle were not seriously injured.

Macleod Trail was temporarily closed southbound at Willow Park Drive on Nov. 29 for a stolen vehicle crash investigation. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

The minivan struck a traffic island and rolled before striking two large street signs, where it came to a rest. 

The driver, a man in his 30s, had life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition. 

Police said he was the only person taken to hospital, and they are considering speed as a factor in the collisions.

Charges of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and multiple counts of hit-and-run are pending, they said.

Anyone who witnessed the driving behaviour of the minivan driver, or who has dashcam footage, is asked to contact police at the non-emergency number, 403-266-1234.

The incident comes just days after a man and his seven-year-old daughter were killed in a separate crash on Macleod Trail.

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