Several people were injured in a three-vehicle collision involving a stolen pickup truck and an ambulance Wednesday morning.
The crash, at about 11:15 a.m. closed Highway 97 in both directions just north of the Simon Fraser bridge.
RCMP officers and other emergency services attended the scene and located two pickup trucks and an ambulance involved in the collision.
Three occupants of one of the vehicles fled on foot, but were arrested with the assistance of a police dog service team a short time later.
The initial investigation has led officers to believe that a stolen pickup truck was driven through a ditch onto Highway 97 striking the median barricade and then colliding with a southbound ambulance, which then collided with another truck towing a trailer. The ambulance was transporting two patients at the time of the collision. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the investigation.
Several persons were injured, however none are believed to be life threatening. The BC RCMP’s Impaired Driving Unit is assisting with the investigation. This portion of Highway 97 is expected to be closed for hours while police gather evidence. Further updates may be provided as they become available.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca(English only). You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.