Montague woman says accident victim was in danger of freezing to death

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Sturgeon man seriously injured after pickup truck lands in brook

A 59-year-old Sturgeon man was taken to hospital with serious injuries Thursday night after a passerby noticed signs a vehicle had gone off the road.

The passerby stopped to check at about 8:10 p.m. after seeing fresh snow sprayed across Highway 17 in Lower Montague and found a pickup truck off the road and lodged in a small brook. The driver was trapped inside.

Kerry Thorbourne, of Montague, says the vehicle she was driving in was flagged down at the big turn just before Lower Montague.

She described the incident on Facebook and included a video she shared with The Guardian:

" . . .. a vehicle flagged us down and we stopped to find out there was a truck down in the ravine upside down in the middle of the brook!!!! At first we weren't sure how long it was there or if anybody was even still in it... But what a shock when we heard a mans voice..... Thank god the people ahead of me noticed the tracks and stopped or the gentleman trapped inside would have froze to death!"

CLICK HERE FOR KERRY THORBOURNE'S VIDEO

Mounties believe the man, whose name is not being released at this time, had been trapped inside the vehicle for some time before the second motorist stopped.

George's Towing pulled the vehicle upright and the Montague fire department used the Jaws of Life to open the vehicle and remove the driver, who was the only occupant. The driver was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown by ambulance.

Road and weather conditions were good at the time of the collision and not believed to be a factor.

RCMP is continuing its investigation.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Lower Montague

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  • good job
    January 03, 2014 - 17:50

    That is good citizenship, in my estimation, on the part of the person who first stopped. whoever it was is a hero, or an angel, or whatever you want to call it. It's one thing to notice something out of the ordinary, and another thing to actually stop and take action. Good on you, whoever you were. I hope someone like you would go by if I ever got into trouble.

  • Brian
    January 03, 2014 - 11:03

    I believe the victim is alive today due to a very observant driver .I commend Scott Jackson of Murray Harbour North for his sharp eyes and quick actions.I myself consider your actions heroic .Brian

  • RedScot
    January 03, 2014 - 08:59

    I sincerely hope this gentleman is alright. Bless the person who noticed the tracks going off the road and discovered him.