Trucker found after 24 hour search

Rescued man in hospital with life threatening injuries

A seriously injured truck driver spent more than 24 hours trapped in his vehicle at the bottom of an embankment near Manning Park, and was rescued yesterday.

The man, who was not identified, is in hospital with life threatening injuries.

According to RCMP the trucker was reported missing Wednesday morning. He had last been seen just after 11 p.m. the previous day and was overdue.

Search and rescue teams and air services attempted to locate the truck for a full day, without success.

Just before 10:30 am Thursday the truck was spotted down a steep embankment off Highway 3 and a “lengthy and difficult rescue over challenging terrain” began, according to an RCMP press release.

“This was a very challenging rescue operation, and the RCMP wishes to

express its appreciation for all those who participated to help

extricate the driver and bring him to safety,” says Constable Melissa

Wutke, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic Services.

 

Fraser Valley Traffic RCMP along with the Commercial Vehicle Safety &

Enforcement unit continue to be involved and the investigation into the

cause of this incident is still ongoing.

 

Highway 3 is now fully open.