BRITISH COLUMBIA

Cliff Rescue Takes Hours After Truck Drives Off Road (PHOTOS)

04/08/2014 01:50 EDT | Updated 04/08/2014 01:59 EDT
Alan Hobler/Castanet.net

Five people are lucky to be alive after a truck lost control and went off a cliff in the B.C. Interior.

Around 4 a.m. on Sunday, the truck failed to make a turn on the road northwest of Clinton, B.C. and crashed down a steep embankment, reported Global News.

Three people were able to walk away and call for help, said Global.

Search and rescue teams from Kamloops and 100 Mile House had to climb down the slope and carefully pull the 30-year-old female driver to safety. It took another two hours to rescue the 38-year-old male passenger, reported Castanet.net.

Air ambulance transported the pair to the Kamloops hospital with serious injuries, said CFCJ.

“I’ve been to lots of these before and it's always body recovery," Alan Hobler with Kamloops Search and Rescue told Castanet. "When they said there were two alive individuals, I was floored. And flying in the helicopter assessing the scene, I had no idea how anybody could have possibly survived."

The RCMP say the investigation is still ongoing and they have not ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor.

See photos of the rescue:

B.C. Crash Rescue

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