Kitimat man injured in highway accident

Vehicles attempting to overtake a motorcycle on Highway 37 collided, closing the highway for hours on June 6.

A 48-year-old Kitimat man was flown to Vancouver after being injured in a car accident on Highway 37.

On June 6 at approximately 2:40 the Kitimat RCMP were called to a two vehicle collision.

Police say two vehicles, a four door sedan and a pick-up truck, were following a motorcycle which was going just under the speed limit. The motorcycle’s speed prompted the driver of the sedan to attempt to overtake the two vehicles.

The driver of the pick-up truck turned in to the oncoming lane to overtake the motorcycle as well and collided with the sedan. While the sedan driver managed to keep control of the vehicle, the pick-up went off the road down an embankment and into a swamp.

The male passenger of the truck was seriously injured and had to be removed from the vehicle by the jaws of life.

Authorities kept the highway closed until 5:05 p.m. then it was alternating traffic until shortly after 8 p.m.

The Kitimat RCMP is thankful to the assistance of those who stopped to help and for the patience of others on the road.

The RCMP are still investigating the incident and anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not spoken with the police are asked to call the Kitimat detachment at 250-632-7111.