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NEWS RELEASE · 6th December 2012
Kitimat RCMP
Kitimat RCMP were called to a Motor Vehicle Collision at approximately 6pm on Wednesday December 5th, 2012, 22 kilometers north of Kitimat on Highway 37.

The head on collision involved a car and a pickup truck and witnesses report that the car burst into flames upon impact. RCMP spoke to witnesses who pulled the 2 young men from the burning vehicle.

The two occupants in the car along with the driver of the pickup truck , all residents of the Kitimat area, were taken to Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace B.C.

"The 24 year old driver of the car was air lifted to the Vancouver General Hospital Burn Unit while the 22 year old passenger remains in stable condition" stated Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer " The 56 year old driver of the truck was treated by medical staff and later released from hospital that night".

The RCMP would like to commend the efforts of those involved in pulling the two males to safety and for the medical care they received on scene by an off duty nurse from Kitimat.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by West Pacific Region Traffic Services and the Kitimat Detachment. RCMP believe road conditions of compact snow, ice and slush were factors in the incident.
RE: Crash Victim pulled from burning car by Good Samaritans
Comment by Rita Dawson on 8th December 2012
My name is Rita Dawson, I am Grandmother to Garrett Dawson of Kitimat who was the passenger in the vehicle that caught fire during the horrendous accident on the highway into Kitimat.

I reside on Vancouver Island and am unable to afford the flights from the Island to Kitimat to see my Grandson therefore it is with the deepest of appreciation and heartfelt gratitude that I am doing the only thing left to me in writing the people of the Town of Kitimat and those wonderfully selfless people who stopped that evening and helped both of the precious young men who were injured.

Sending all of you a big hug. THANK YOU!

From the Heart of a Grandmother
To the Heart of a Community
YOU ROCK!!

Rita Dawson,
Ladysmith