UPDATE: Elderly man pinned by pickup rescued after 32 hours on back road north of Barriere

Roy Lampreau.
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BARRIERE - A Barriere area man is in hospital recovering after he was pinned by his truck for 32 hours along a back road north of Barriere

Kamloops Search and Rescue search manager Alan Hobler says Roy Lampreau was located on a back road north of Barriere, with what he suspects are 'serious injuries'. The elderly man had become stranded after his truck crashed on the remote road.

Lampreau, pinned by his truck, watched as planes flew overhead in search of him. Hobler says the man had tried signalling the planes by reflecting the sun off of his watch, but was unable to attract attention.

Around 3:30 p.m. Lampreau was located. Hobler says it took 45 minutes to get the man out and to a waiting helicopter, which airlifted him to Royal Inland Hospital. 

Lampreau left his house around 6 a.m., May 16, to look for firewood. The search for Lampreau began Monday evening when the 72-year-old failed to return.

Today, May 17, more than 70 people took part in the search near Chu Chua, scouring back roads between Little Fort and Barriere for the man. Community members joined search and rescue teams from Wells Gray, Barriere, Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Logan Lake and Merritt, along with Provincial Emergency Preparedness airplanes, and an RCMP helicopter.

— With files from Ashley Legassic

— This story was updated several times throughout the day with updates on the search and rescue.

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