British Columbia

Patient dies as ambulance and van collide in B.C.

A critically ill patient has been killed in the crash of an ambulance and a van south of Prince George, B.C.

A critically ill patient has been killed in the crash of an ambulance and a van south of Prince George, B.C.

RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said the collision occurred just before 5:30 p.m. PT Thursday on Highway 97 in Hixon, about 60 kilometres outside Prince George.

"The collision caused the ambulance to sever a power pole and a natural gas line in the immediate area," Douglass said.

"The ambulance  involved in this collision was transporting a critically ill patient from G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George ... The patient was pronounced deceased at the scene."

A doctor, nurse and two paramedics in the ambulance were not seriously hurt.

Five people in the van also walked away with minor injuries.

A nearby trailer park was temporarily evacuated and Highway 97 was closed for several hours, although residents were back in their homes within hours and single lane traffic was moving past the crash scene by early Friday morning.

A full-scale investigation of the collision is being led by the B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP, and Douglass says more details could be released Friday.

With files from The Canadian Press