On Friday, an accident near the Lemoray mountain area of Highway 97S, about 80 kilometers South of Chetwynd closed the highway.
The driver, a 30 year old woman, driver was extracted out of the vehicle using the jaws of life. Both the driver and her 49 year old passenger suffered some major injuries, however are expected to recover from those injuries. While emergency services, which also included the quick first response from the Willow Creek mine rescue and First Aid, were working to provide life saving care, the RCMP closed the highway in both directions.
Once BC Air Ambulance left the area and the highway was cleared of emergency vehicles, the highway was opened up in both directions.
Crash Scene Chetwynd RCMP Detachment Commander, Sgt.Wahnese Antonioni, who was on site said, the success in extracting these two individuals and providing care while also maintaining everyone's safety was a team effort from the Willow Creek mine staff, Ambulance, the Fire Department, Argo Road maintainence and the Ministry of Transportation.
The BC conservation and Sherrifs, who just happened to be traveling through also greatly assisted with traffic control. The investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing. The RCMP would like to thank everyone who came together and selflessly assisted in this incident.