Missing trucker found days later down Hwy. 3 embankment

Chilliwack Search and Rescue photo

A trucker missing since Tuesday in an area along Hwy. 3 notorious for poor cellular coverage was rescued late Thursday evening after his tractor trailer unit was spotted down a deep embankment.

The unidentified driver 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 believed to have been taken by the driver in search of the vehicle.

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 the overdue man 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 the driver from the truck.

The driver was transported to hospital where he remains with life threatening injuries.

“This was a very challenging rescue operation, and the RCMP wishes to express its appreciation for all those who participated to help extricate the driver and bring him to safety,” said Constable Melissa Wutke, spokesperson for BC RCMP Traffic Services.

Fraser Valley Traffic RCMP, along with the Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement unit, continue to be involved and the investigation into the cause of this incident is still ongoing.

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