Wreckage crushed the Good Samaritan who pulled over to help crash victim on B.C. highway – fr

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Wreckage crushed the Good Samaritan who pulled over to help crash victim on B.C. highway – fr


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A Good Samaritan who rushed to help a crash victim on a Kootenay highway was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to hospital after the wreckage suddenly moved.

RCMP said the Good Samaritan was traveling westbound on Route 93 on May 6 when a green Chevrolet Tahoe traveling in the same direction lost control, veered into the oncoming lane and plunged onto an embankment.

The man “immediately took action and descended the embankment 150 feet in an attempt to free the driver trapped inside,” said the corporal. Jesse O’Donaghey of the BC RCMP in the Southeast District in a statement Friday.

But without warning, the wreckage moved and rolled over the man, injuring him.

Firefighters responding to the collision performed a long-line rescue to bring the injured driver and the Good Samaritan to safety.

The Good Samaritan, a 46-year-old man who just celebrated his birthday the day before the crash, was airlifted to a hospital in Alberta, police said. He is in stable condition.

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The 44-year-old driver of the crashed vehicle was taken by paramedics to a local hospital.

Columbia Valley RCMP are investigating the single-vehicle collision on Thursday shortly after 6:30 p.m. near the brake check in Kootenay National Park, about five miles east of Radium Hot Springs.

Preliminary evidence indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. The gendarmerie said the driver refused to provide blood samples to the police. He is scheduled to appear in Invermere Provincial Court on July 26.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash who has not yet contacted police to call Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

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