NEWS RELEASE · 6th July 2010
Fort Nelson RCMP
Fort Nelson RCMP are investigating a motor vehicle collision between a truck and an ATV, which have resulted in critical injuries for two Fort Nelson teens. The police received the of the collision at approximately 4:13 pm on Saturday July 3rd, 2010, reporting that a quad had collided with a flat deck truck.
A seventeen year old male was driving a Yamaha 350 2 wheel drive quad southbound on 50th Avenue South, in Fort Nelson, with a seventeen year old female passenger. A number of witnesses indicate the quad was travelling at high speed, as it passed them on the road. The ATV then appears to have attempted to negotiate the curve/corner in the roadway, which leads to a stop sign with the intersection with Hwy #97. A Ford F-550 flat deck truck was stopped at the stop sign, a the intersection, waiting to enter onto the highway. The ATV collided with the Ford F550 in what appears to have been very close to a perpendicular impact. The ATV proceeded under the Ford F550, making contact and sliding along the undercarriage, before coming to rest. Neither occupants on the ATV were wearing helmets. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the collision.
The 17 year-old male is in critical condition with head trauma, fractured pelvis and internal bleeding. He was flown out to Edmonton for further medical treatment and he remains in critical condition.
The 17 year-old female is in serious condition with a badly fractured arm, fractured pelvis and some internal bleeding. She has also been medivaced from Fort Nelson for further medical treatment.
A mechanical inspection will be conducted to ensure there was no mechanical defect or malfunction, which may have contributed to the crash.
A Collision Reconstructionist was consulted on this investigation, to examine any forensic evidence available for interpretation.
Inspector Brewer, Office in Charge of the North District Traffic Services Unit, said, “This horrific crash is a grim reminder that the operation of these off-road vehicles on public streets is extremely dangerous. That, coupled with the lack of safety equipment, such as helmets, would be contributing factors to the injuries suffered by these two young people.
"Parents and residents of the community need to be vigilant in ensuring their vehicles are operated in areas designed for these types of vehicles and that all available safety gear be worn to mitigate any possible injuries should the vehicle collide with an object or rollover. These types of incidents are completely preventable and unnecessary, as these vehicles have no place on city streets.”
The police investigators continue to speak with witnesses to this crash and would ask that anyone who has any information regarding the two teens on the ATV or who may have witnessed the crash, to contact the Fort Nelson Traffic Services Unit at (250)774-3883.