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RCMP "frustrated and helpless" as car in fiery, deadly Highway 16 crash burns for hours

A Prince George RCMP official says local Mounties felt "frustrated and helpless" as they watched a car that had been in a fiery, fatal crash burn on Highway 16 for more than six hours. The crash near Tabor Mountain, east of Prince George, killed a 21 year old man from Edmonton this week. Staff Sgt Pat McTiernan says the victim was removed from the car before his car was engulfed. But the coroner couldn't reach the scene.

And Highway 16 was closed to all motorists for hours as well.

McTiernan says NO fire fighters responded -- due to jurisdictional issues. And it's the second time this year that a vehicle in a fiery, fatal crash has been left to burn on a northern B.C. highway. In February, five people, including the Altizer family from Prince George, perished when their SUV hit a semi-truck at McLeese Lake.

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