January 28, 2013 - 12:33 PM
A snowmobiler had a close call on Saturday after being run over by a pickup truck driven by a friend.
The 42-year-old snowmobiler was out with friends taking turns on the sled at Lac Du Bois Forest Road when they decided to pack it in around 11 p.m. They rode in tandem to a point closer to the highway to load the sled when the snowmobiler hit a snowbank on a corner that knocked him into the road.
According to RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned, the 21-year-old driver of the 1995 Chevrolet truck saw him and the sled in the middle of the road and tried to brake but slid on icy roads into his friend. The snowmobiler was taken by emergency crews to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was found with broken ribs and injuries to his wrist and hand. He may require surgery.
Alcohol was ruled out as a factor and police found no fault with the driver of the pickup truck. The snowmobiler, however, was issued a provincial traffic violation for driving an uninsured snowmobile on the road and for driving without reasonable consideration.
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