Man injured while helping at crash scene in Kootenays – BC News – fr

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Man injured while helping at crash scene in Kootenays – BC News – fr


A Good Samaritan was injured after stopping to rescue an accident victim in the Kootenays.

The passing motorist stopped to offer assistance when the crashed vehicle shifted and hit the 46-year-old man.

RCMP Corporal. Jesse O’Donaghey said on May 6 shortly after 6:35 p.m. Columbia Valley RCMP were called to assist BC Emergency Health Services responding to a single vehicle rollover collision. on Highway 93, near brake control in Kootenay National Park.

Police said the involved vehicle, a green Chevrolet Tahoe, was heading west when the driver lost control, veered into the oncoming lane, turned and rolled down an embankment.

“A Good Samaritan, who was traveling on the highway in the same direction, immediately took action and descended the embankment 150 feet in an attempt to free the driver trapped inside,” O’Donaghey said. “Without warning, onlookers saw the wreckage move and suddenly roll over the Good Samaritan, seriously injuring him. Fire crews worked quickly to carry out a longline rescue to bring both the injured handler and the Good Samaritan to safety. “

The driver, a 44-year-old man, was transported by BC Emergency Health Services ground crews to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The Good Samaritan was airlifted from the crash site by air ambulance to a larger center in Alberta for improved medical care. At the last word, the man, who had just celebrated his birthday the day before the accident, was in stable condition.

Columbia Valley RCMP continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision. While full decisions have yet to be made, investigators suspect alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The driver, who reportedly refused to provide his blood samples to the police, is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court for the first time on July 26.

“If you have witnessed this accident and have not yet spoken to the police, you are being asked to call the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292,” O’Donaghey said.

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