ATV rider injured but group acted properly on Spion Kop incident Saturday

Lake Country fire crews responded and used specialized back-country trailer to bring woman to safety

A female ATV rider was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries after the ATV she was driving rolled down an embankment and on top of her while riding with a group on Spion Kop mountain in Lake Country on Saturday.

Lake Country fire crews as well as B.C. Ambulance responded to the accident.

Fire officials had to use an ATV of their own to access the injured rider, towing a specialized trailer equipped with a basket stretcher through the back-country.

The woman was riding in a group of six and when the accident happened, the riders stabilized her and stayed with her, while one member of the group rode down and into cell service before calling 911.

Lake Country fire chief Steve Windsor said the group made the right moves in the situation.

“The woman was wearing a helmet which was a good thing because she took a good hit to the head,” said Windsor. “They stayed with her and kept her immobile so there wouldn’t be any damage if there was a neck injury.”

Lake Country fire crews purchased the specialized trailer a few years ago to access remote areas of Lake Country, where full size vehicles and even helicopters can’t access. Windsor said the trailer came in handy.

“We’ve had it happen before,” he said. “The area is fairly inaccessible for a full size vehicle and helicopters can’t land there.”

Meanwhile, Windsor reports that Lake Country fire crews responded to a car fire in Oyama Monday morning.

An electrical short appears to be the cause of the fire that destroyed the vehicle and the temporary shed that it was housed in.

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