Four people are lucky to be alive after their truck left the Nazko Highway, flipped in the ditch, and then became engulfed in flames near Nazko.
On Sunday, at approximately 12:09 p.m., the Quesnel RCMP responded a single vehicle rollover, 110 kilometres west of Quesnel. Local citizens of the area heard the crash and rendered assistance while emergency services were en route.
The four occupants were removed from the vehicle prior to the truck catching fire. One occupant was transported by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The other three occupants were transported to the hospital with minor injuries by local citizens.
As the truck burned, bystanders used fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading into the forest. Emcon and the Cariboo Highway Rescue Team then worked in conjunction to contain and put out the small brush fire.
“Although it seems the rain hasn’t stopped for weeks in the Cariboo, we can thank Mother Nature for the damp forest and foliage as it certainly stopped the spread of the fire during this incident. The potential of a wildfire being started was high,” said Sgt. Richard Weseen of the Quesnel RCMP detachment.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this incident and the investigation is ongoing.