Emergency personnel respond to a single vehicle accident on Highway 6

Emergency personnel respond to a single vehicle accident on Highway 6

Snow warning issued after Monashee Pass accident

Emergency personnel were called a single-vehicle accident 45 kilometres east of Cherryville Monday

Motorists are being warned about winter conditions after an accident on the Monashee Pass Monday.

At about 4:30 p.m., emergency personnel were called to a single-vehicle accident 45 kilometres east of Cherryville on Highway 6. A vehicle had gone 20 to 30 feet down a bank.

Two of the occupants of the vehicle were able to get out, but a third person was trapped inside.

“Passersby managed to get down the bank and keep blankets on them. They did an excellent job,” said Tony Clayton, with the Lumby Fire Department.

Jaws of Life didn’t have to be used to remove the individual from the vehicle but ropes and a stretcher were required to get them up the bank to the highway.

“There appears to be non-life threatening injuries,” said Clayton.

It’s believed road conditions played a factor in the accident.

“It was ugly, a lot of snow. It was even slippery for us,” said Clayton.

“Our guys did an exceptional job given the circumstances.”

Clayton has a message for all motorists heading out on to the road.

“It’s winter out there in any of the mountain passes. Be prepared.”

The occupants of the vehicle were from the Arrow Lakes area.