Two Vanderhoof men seriously injured from Highway 16 vehicle roll-over

Two Vanderhoof men suffered serious injuries from a single-vehicle incident on Highway 16 on Aug. 20.

Two Vanderhoof men suffered serious injuries from a single-vehicle incident on Highway 16 on Aug. 20.

Reported at 12:30 p.m., the eastbound pickup truck travelling on Highway 16 by the Jardine and Finnmoore Road intersections, east of Vanderhoof, lost control and rolled off into the road’s south ditch.

Its driver and passenger are taken to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. for their injuries; the passenger was then transferred to Vancouver for further treatment.

Prince George-based Police Dog Services, on their way for presentation at Vanderhoof’s fall fair, also stopped to attend the incident.

Up to 30 people, including passing travellers, were on site to assist with the rescue.

“With the truck leaking fuel, people were putting themselves at great risk,” Sgt. Svend Nielsen said. “I like to thank them for their assistance that helped to keep one of the gentlemen alive.”

Alcohol is determined as not a factor, and investigation continues for the incident’s cause.