Man airlifted to hospital after swerving off Pemberton bridge 

Driver suffers serious injuries following eight-metre fall

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A man was airlifted to hospital Thursday (Oct. 24) with serious injuries after swerving his car off a Pemberton bridge.

Officers received a call just after noon Thursday reporting a serious accident in the 9300 block of the Upper Lillooet River Forest Service Road, according to Whistler RCMP.

A couple in the area heard a horn blaring and looking over the bridge, observed a vehicle eight metres below. The vehicle jumped the median and safety rail before tumbling over the bridge, said Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.

After officers attended the scene, the sole occupant of the vehicle was extricated by police, fire fighters and emergency responders, and taken by ambulance to the Pemberton Health Centre. He was then airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital.

LeClair said he was unaware of the complete extent of the man's injuries, but that they were "quite serious."

There was no indication that the driver was intoxicated, said LeClair, although it's possible the man was suffering medical distress before the crash.

"There was no obvious reason for him to go off-road right like that. There's no sign of any skid marks or swerving, and it's an unwitnessed incident, so the thoughts are that it could potentially be a medical issue or maybe falling asleep at the wheel," LeClair said.



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