Pickup truck driver injured in incident outside Calgary bar

A cart driver was among the group of people who were hit by what police call an impaired driver outside a Calgary bar.

Cody Ridsdale’s wife, Katrina, posted about the incident on Saturday, saying her husband was walking along the sidewalk near Ranchman early that morning when he was hit by a vehicle. Five other people were also involved.

She says he suffered a number of serious injuries as a result.

“He has three spinous processes broken in T5-7 and the ribs are gone with it. He is lucky to be alive. Lucky too are our five other friends who were also affected,” she wrote on Facebook.

The Calgary Stampede confirmed to CTV News that it was aware of the incident and that Ridsdale was involved.

“Cody was a pedestrian knocked down by a suspected impaired driver,” said Calgary Stampede communications and media relations manager Kristen Anderson.

“Cody is out of hospital but won’t be driving again tonight.”


In her post, Katrina also thanked the rest of the contestants who offered to help as soon as they heard about the incident.

“Our barn was full of help this morning, I know our boys are getting the best of care, our barn crew got food and water too,” she said.

“We are so lucky to be part of this wagon community.”

Officials say Chanse Vigen will drive the Ridsdale wagon on Sunday and Katrina said Cody will need time to recover.

“It will be a while before Cody is back in the box car,” she said.

“We love you all and I can’t thank you enough. I’m so grateful to you and for another trip around the sun with my best friend.”

Calgary police arrested the driver of the vehicle at the scene and charges against him are pending.

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