Two people are alive today thanks to the emergency response to a single-vehicle crash near Port Hardy.
Port Hardy Fire Rescue freed two seriously injured people trapped inside an SUV following a motor vehicle incident along the Coal Harbour Road Monday afternoon.
“Fire crews were paged to a single vehicle incident; nine firefighters responded to the scene to find two patients trapped within an SUV alongside the road, both in serious condition,” stated a news release on PHFR’s social media page. “Without hesitation, firefighters immediately began extrication work, rapidly cutting away parts of the vehicle to gain access to the interior.”
According to the release, the first patient was extricated withiin minutes and transferred to the care of BC paramedics, and the second patient removed shortly thereafter.
“Both patients were rushed to the Port Hardy Hospital for primary treatment, before being flown to Victoria for further care.”
PHFR members remained on scene for the early afternoon while the Port Hardy RCMP documented the incident, which occurred around 12:28 p.m. , May 18.
“We’d like to thank the public for their support and patience along the road yesterday: we recognize the many drivers and bystanders who were stuck at the scene for some time while the road was shut down, and appreciate your patience as we worked to secure the scene, assist RCMP, and re-establish traffic flow,” the release added.
“However, most notably, we’d like to thank and recognize our members for their professional work yesterday, which contributed to saving the lives of the two affected individuals.”