Missing Oliver truck driver succumbs to injuries, report says

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An Oliver trucker who spent two days trapped in his rig before being rescued late Thursday evening after his unit rolled down a Hwy. 3 embankment has died, Global News is reporting.

The trucker, identified by Global News as Pat Gaudet, reportedly passed away Saturday at Royal Columbian Hospital, where he underwent surgery on Friday.

Mr. Gaudet was last seen just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 28. The next morning, Hope RCMP were alerted to a report of an overdue truck and conducted a number of patrols of the route he was believed to have taken..

RCMP enlisted the assistance of Search & Rescue teams and Air Services in attempts to locate the truck and driver, but were not able to locate him until Thursday morning.

Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, a tractor-trailer unit matching the description of the vehicle driven by Mr. Gaudet was spotted down a steep embankment in the area of Rhododendron Flats in Manning Park.

After a lengthy and difficult rescue over challenging terrain, Hope Search and Rescue, with help from BC Ambulance Service, was able to extricate him from the truck.

The crash scene along Hwy. 3 is near an area that is the subject of a Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen petition for improved cellular coverage.

According to family, Mr. Gaudet worked as a truck driver for 25 years. He was originally from Prince Edward Island, but lived with his family in Oliver. He turned 45 in February.

 

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