Feature Story                                                                                               Monday, February 3, 2014


Even in the Quietest Moment

Emergency crews pluck family from vehicle

Voice staff/File photos


A young child clings to a firefighter after being pulled from a vehicle on Young Rd at the Trans Canada Hwy. Below, the car is barely visible.


bitter cold front descended upon Chilliwack Sunday evening bringing with it a raw wind that rattled through the city. It was about 10 p.m. and most were hunkering down for the night after an exhilarating Super Bowl. Traffic on the street was light.

Suddenly, a vehicle carrying a couple and a young child left the road at Young Rd., careened through frozen brambles then tumbled headlong over the embankment into the Little Chilliwack River.

Police were on the scene first, followed by BC Ambulance paramedics who dug out blankets as first responders set up a ladder down the slope and extracted the passengers one-by-one.


Many times, when a vehicle goes down into a ditch, it rolls, but thankfully in this case it stayed upright and the passengers were unhurt and above the water. They remained inside the car until emergency crews reached them.

There is no word on how the accident happened. It may be possible that the car was coming off the Trans Canada and continued straight over the on-ramp and across Young then into the water.

The off-ramp and Young Rd were closed during the rescue operation.

See more photos below.


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