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3 killed in separate motorcycle crashes in Alberta

The deaths of three Albertans in separate motorcycle crashes Saturday is serving as a deadly reminder for bikers to stay alert.
Edmonton police are investigating a crash that killed a woman Saturday evening. (CBC )

The deaths of three Albertans in separate motorcycle crashes Saturday is serving as a deadly reminder to bikers to stay alert. 

A 30-year-old woman died Saturday evening after losing control of her bike on Yellowhead Trail and Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton. The motorcycle went up on the embankment and crashed into the underside of the overpass.

A man in his fifties was killed after colliding with a car near Beiseker, while another man was killed near Lethbridge.

In Edmonton, police used their annual motorcycle noise sound check on Sunday to touch base with bikers and give them a safety reminder.

"Motorcycles need to be always concerned about a threat to the front of the vehicle. Ninety-five per cent of the threats are to the front," said Sgt. Eric Theuser.

"So [riders] have to be very aware and follow the rules of the road."

Rhett Thiessen brought his motorcycle to the event. He said the streets are dangerous when attention isn't paid by drivers of larger vehicles.

"They forget to check their rearview mirrors often, or their passenger mirrors," he said.

"And on a motorcycle you're a smaller target. So you fit inside blind spots a lot easier."

Thiessen said bikers need to always be aware of their surroundings to stay safe.

"We don't have a ton or two of metal around you, to protect you if something happens," he said.

"So keep your eyes open, look around a lot. Make sure you understand everything that's around you at all times."