June 08, 2016 - 7:03 AM
SALMON ARM - Two people were pulled from a vehicle after it was ripped apart by a hay trailer and just as the car started to catch on fire yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon, June 7, a tractor pulling a long hay trailer was heading east and turning onto a farm site off Highway 1 near the Highway 97B interchange. As the tractor turned, the long rear overhang of the trailer swung out further into the eastbound lane as an eastbound sedan tried to pass, RCMP say in a release.
The trailer went through the rear passenger window and then the rear window of the four-door car, pulling it apart and spinning it into the ditch. The trailer frame also bent and five bails fell off the trailer.
Bystanders pulled the two Malakwa residents from the car just as it started to catch fire. The 79-year-old female driver and the 80-year-old male passenger both suffered what are believed to be minor injuries and were taken to Shuswap Lakes Hospital. The driver of the tractor was not injured.
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