Ponoka County firefighters load the patient onto the back of the department’s pickup truck to get him to EMS crews. Ponoka RCMP located the man on foot as he was in a field. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka man injured in skidoo accident

Emergency crews were able to locate the patient in a field north of Ponoka

A skidoo accident Saturday night had rescue workers searching to locate the man involved.

Emergency crews were called to a skidoo accident north of Ponoka at about 6:45 p.m. Ponoka RCMP were first on the scene north of town from 49 Street. It is believed the man was riding his skidoo in a field near a gravel pit when he crashed.

The challenge for EMS was locating the patient who was said to be in a field surrounded by heavy snow and darkness.

When the accident occurred, the man called nearby friends and explained in detail his exact location, which was then passed on to 911 operators. That helped RCMP, who were on foot due to the deep snow, locate him.

At the time snow had started to fall with a relatively strong wind blowing.

To assist with the rescue, the Ponoka County East District Fire Department was called in. Crews had to use the department’s pickup to access the field where RCMP had located the man.

As the snow was too deep for the larger rescue truck, firefighters grabbed the spinal board and loaded it onto the pickup truck and brought it to the scene.

After a few minutes, the man was loaded on the spinal board and then backed slowly out of the field to where EMS personnel were waiting.

It was unclear at the time if he suffered broken ribs but he was speaking with paramedics at the time.

Structure fire overnight

It was a busy night for the county fire department, which was called to a structure fire east of Ponoka early Sunday morning.

According to Dennis Jones, regional Fire Chief for Ponoka County, the fire was in a mobile home that was being renovated.

There were no injuries from the fire but the mobile unit was destroyed because of it. While the cause of the fire is still being investigated, it appears it may have been accidental.

 

Once the patient was loaded onto a spinal board, firefighters hold him steady on the back of the pickup in order to get him to EMS. At the time of the incident, snow and wind created a cold evening. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Just Posted

Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Gala brings the stars to Central Alberta

The Gala raises money for various children’s charities throughout Canada

Lacombe Chamber announces scholarship winners

Andrew and Carter have shown commitment to the community

City of Lacombe to build Henner’s Pond Stormwater Outlet to Wolf Creek

Public is invited to attend a public information session for this upcoming project on August 23

Lacombe County Highlights – Aug. 9th, 2018

Highlights of the regular council meeting August 9, 2018

Blackfalds RCMP warns of ‘repo’ scammers

Blackfalds RCMP responds to two males attempting to steal utility vehicle

What’s Up Wednesday – August 15th, 2018

Tune in to What’s Up Wednesday, with hosts Carlie Connolly, Todd Vaughan and Mark Weber

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Breton RCMP seek motorist who may have witnessed crime

Breton RCMP requesting public assistance in identifying suspects of break and enter

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Tim Hortons promises leaky lids on coffee cups to be phased out

Tim Hortons looks to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaign

‘There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 550 wildfires burn in every corner of B.C.

Aheadbyacentury looking for Triple Crown breakthrough in the Breeders’ Stakes

The consistent Aheadbyacentury has $513,800 in career earnings, including $311,250 this year thanks in large part to his Triple Crown performances.

Police looking to identify serial groper in Edmonton

EPS seek assistance to identify suspect in brazen sexual assaults

Most Read