PORT HARDY—Three people were hospitalized and Highway 19 was closed for four hours Monday afternoon following a collision just north of the Holberg Road junction.
A Dodge pickup traveling south on Hwy. 19 with a driver and passenger struck a District of Port Hardy dump truck that was parked on the shoulder of the road.
The impact pushed the dump truck into the ditch and left the pickup a mangled wreck lying on its side.
Port Hardy RCMP, Port Hardy Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance personnel attended the accident. The driver and passenger had to be cut from the wreck in a procedure that took nearly an hour and a half, fire chief Schell Nickerson said.
“It was a very challenging call,” he added.
The driver of the District truck was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.