An Edmonton family was lucky to survive a serious accident near Carstairs, Alta. Pipa News

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An Edmonton resident who was on his way to visit relatives in Calgary last weekend says he and the rest of his family were lucky to be alive after being hit by an angry driver.

Gleini Massengo-Kilolo was driving with his wife and three sons to a party at his sister’s house in Calgary on August 27.

Near Carstairs, Alta, around 4:00 pm, he says he spotted a white truck driver accelerating from behind.

“He drove so fast. I didn’t mind because I was driving in my lane,” he told CTV News on Tuesday, adding that he also obeyed the speed limit.

Instead of just passing by, Massengo-Kilolo said the truck driver suddenly swerved in front of him and slammed on the brakes.

“It happened so fast – in just a second. He was behind me and suddenly he was in front of me,” he said.

“When I saw this, I also put on the brakes and then tried to change lanes.”

Massengo-Kilolo says he did this to avoid colliding with a truck, but ended up losing control of his vehicle.

“The car just shook, I lost control and rolled over, I don’t know how many times. We ended up in a ditch in the middle of both highways.”

However, shortly before this happens, he says he caught a glimpse of another driver speeding away.

As a result of the plane crash, Massengo-Kilolo and his wife, along with their two sons, were taken by ground ambulance to different hospitals.

Massengo-Kilolo’s four-year-old son, who was thrown out of the car as it rolled, was most seriously injured.

He remembers getting out of the car and approaching the other drivers, who stopped to help.

“Coming closer, I saw that my son was lying on the ground, bleeding. He saw me, but was silent.

Massengo-Kilolo says no one had broken bones, and his four-year-old son suffered only a few deep cuts on his head. They ran tests at the hospital, but he says everything is fine with his son.

The incident completely destroyed his car, but he says he’s lucky none of his family died.

He really wants to share a message with other drivers after his ordeal.

“When they ride, they have to be patient,” he said.

“If you want to get where you want faster, just know that you are not traveling alone. Even when you are carrying passengers, always keep others in mind.”

Massengo-Kilolo says he is in touch with the RCMP about the investigation, which is still ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident, including the identity of the driver of the white truck, is asked to come forward.

Meanwhile, Sister Massengo-Kilolo has started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with any costs associated with the accident.

(with files by Bill McFarlane)


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