Driver taken to hospital after snowmobile crash

Journal Pioneer Staff
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PEAKES — A 49-year-old Cardigan man was taken to hospital after a single-vehicle collision in Peakes Friday night.

The collision happened at about 8 p.m. Kings District RCMP responded.

The snowmobile, being driven by the Cardigan man, left the right side of the Confederation Trail and crashed at the bottom of an embankment where the trail crosses a body of water.

Snowmobilers at the scene assisted Island EMS members in getting to the man, with their medical supplies, as his location was not accessible by car.

Island EMS members attended to the injured man and were able to get him secured to a backboard. RCMP, East River Fire Rescue, EMS and snowmobilers formed lines and passed the injured man from one person to the next getting him from his location through deep snow, up the steep embankment, onto the trail and 500 metres down the trail to the ambulance.

The driver was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Island EMS and is being held for observation. The RCMP are continuing their investigation.

“Directly before and after this overpass it is heavily treed on both sides of the trail,” said Const. Doug Baker. “The outcome would likely have been worse had it not happened where it did.”

Organizations: RCMP, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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