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Good Samaritan airlifted to hospital with serious injuries

A 46-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after attempting to provide emergency aid to a crash victim near Radium Hot Springs on Thursday.

Around 6:30 pm, the man was attempting to help when the vehicle wreckage shifted and caused serious bodily injuries.

"A Good Samaritan, who had been travelling on the highway in the same direction, immediately jumped into action and climbed down the 150-foot embankment in an attempt to extricate the driver trapped inside," said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

"Without warning, onlookers witnessed as the wreckage shifted and suddenly rolled onto the Good Samaritan, seriously injuring him. Fire crews worked quickly to perform a long line rescue to raise both the injured driver and the Good Samaritan to safety."

At last word, the Good Samaritan was in stable condition and recovering at a large medical centre in Alberta.

Meanwhile, the 44-year-old driver was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

According to police, the driver refused to provide his blood samples to police at is expected to appear in court this July.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Columbia Valley RCMP at 250-342-9292.

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