NEWS
09/02/2015 09:07 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Man in grave condition after rollover crash in Maple Ridge

A man was taken to hospital in grave condition after he crashed his car, flipping it into a water-filled ditch in Maple Ridge, B.C., according to the B.C. Ambulance Service.

The crash happened at about 1 a.m. PT Wednesday in the 23300-block of Dogwood Avenue.

An investigator with the RCMP Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) said the man appeared to have been backing out of a driveway, when he went too far, backed across the street and into the ditch, rolling the car.

Maple Ridge first responders were called to rescue the man, who was trapped upside-down in the water.

"Upon arrival, the crews were able to get some low pressure airbags, and lifted the vehicle off the person, and the RCMP were assisting, and they helped pull the person out of the ditch," said Mark Smitton, Assistant Maple Ridge Fire Chief.

The driver was taken to a nearby landing zone to meet the air ambulance for transport to hospital. A second person was also rescued from the vehicle and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

"The air ambulance arrived, so we set up a landing zone for them, then the advanced paramedics continued with a patient assessment and they determined that it would be better to continue with ground ambulance to the hospital," said Smitton.

Paramedics could be seen continuously attempting to resuscitate the man inside the ambulance.

Ridge Meadows RCMP, along with ICARS, will investigate the crash.