One Injured as Quad Leaves Trail, Hits Tree
Prince George, B.C. – One of two people involved in a quad accident on a back trail in the Hart Friday night was injured and taken to hospital while the other rider was uninjured when the vehicle smashed into a tree.
The accident happened around 7 o’clock Friday night on an ATV trail system that runs back in the bush off the end of Chestnut Drive and Arabian Road, north of Nordic Drive and Highway 97. Three units each from Prince George Fire Rescue, the RCMP and the B.C. Ambulance Service responded to the report that one person was down and in cardiac arrest. The Fire Rescue member who was first to reach the accident scene said that initially the injured person was unconscious, but he came to fairly quickly.
The commanding officer on scene with Prince George Fire Rescue, Captain Terry Gladesdahl, says crews were called to an AVT accident and “when we got to the call we had to walk the trails and follow probably a quarter to half a mile or so in off the trails. And it was two people on a quad that had gone off the trail and hit a tree.”
Of the two riders Cpt. Gladesdahl says “one was injured, he had bad injuries to his right leg and his chest area and the other fellow was okay. The fellow who wasn’t injured was a young guy, the other fellow maybe he would be around 40.” The captain says two were wearing helmets at the time.”
The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being loaded in an ambulance and taken to hospital while the younger male was getting a ride out with the RCMP.
Paramedics and Fire Rescue crews were at the accident site for roughly an hour before emerging from the bush. Cpt. Gladesdahl explains “it was down a bit of a bank, probably about a 15-foot bank so it took us a while, first of all to locate him, and then once we did locate him, just to find access to get him on a backboard, get him strapped on, get him up onto the trail area and then the RCMP helped an ambulance work their way in through another trail off another road. We couldn’t actually get the ambulance in this trail (at the end of Shetland Road).”
Cpt. Gladesdahl could not estimate the severity of the injured man’s injuries but did say “he was in a lot of pain.”