BRITISH COLUMBIA

First responders hurt while assisting at separate B.C. crashes

03/22/2013 09:15 EDT | Updated 05/22/2013 05:12 EDT
MERRITT, B.C. - It's been a tough 24 hours for first responders in British Columbia, with two injured in separate crashes around the province over the last 24 hours.

A paramedic was hurt Thursday as an ambulance crew answered a call on the Trans Canada Highway at Three Valley Gap, just outside Revelstoke in southeastern B.C.

A semi-trailer had flipped, clipping a car carrying a father and two children, and the paramedic was injured when a second big rig hit the ambulance.

The paramedic and both truck drivers were treated in hospital following that crash, while the father and children were not seriously hurt.

The second incident occurred at about 9 p.m. Thursday night when a Merritt firefighter was injured when his rescue truck was rear-ended as crews responded to a crash in wintry conditions on Highway 5.

The firefighter remained in hospital in Kamloops on Friday, awaiting further assessment. (CKXR, CHNL)