Sunday, June 30, 2013

Local News

A Rough Day

Man falls 80 feet, ATV rolls over and teen burned in freak accident

Staff/Submitted photo

 

BCAS Air Ambulance readies to take off with burned boy Saturday. Below, the approximate location of the ATV rollover on Harrison Rd.

 

mergency crews were kept in overdrive responding to a series of accidents Saturday, the first day of the long weekend.

 

Just before noon, a 22-year-old man visiting Bridal Falls plummeted a horrifying 80 feet down the face of the falls.

 

Then, before emerge crews even had a chance to take a breather, an ATM rollover happened forcing BC Ambulance Service to launch their Medi-Vac and scramble rescue personnel to the scene near the entrance to Sasquatch Park, at about the 13km mark of Harrison Road

 

Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Cynthia Kershaw updated The Voice later saying the accident involved a mother and her three-year-old child and they had "minor injuries and both are fine."

 

But the day wasn't done yet.

 

Just after 4 p.m., the Chilliwack Fire Department crews and the Medi-Vac were once again summoned when a teenager suffered serious, but non-life-threatening burns, in a freak accident while working on a model rocket in a workshop in the 51000 block of Nevin Rd.

 

"Unfortunately, a 15-year-old-boy suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face, hands and arms, said Chilliwack Assistant Fire Chief Ian Josephson in a release.

 

The field provided a good landing zone and Medi-Vac airlifted the boy to the Vancouver General Hospital burn unit.

 

Cst. Kershaw said RCMP didn't believe any explosives were involved.

 

"A rocket was being drilled into, which the heat of caused it to blow up," she said.

 

Initial reports were a structure was engulfed, however crews found a relatively small fire in a detached workshop. They extinguished it and vented the building.

 

Luckily, no one else was injured.

 

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