Ambulance crashes near Rossland.

Update: Ambulance crashes near Rossland after driver falls asleep

One patient was on board along with a family escort

Trail RCMP responded to a single motor vehicle incident on Highway 3B, near Rossland at around 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

According to an RCMP release, a 30-year-old Grand Forks man fell asleep at the wheel of a Grand Forks ambulance and drove off the right side of the highway.

The man was not injured, but his passenger, a 50-year-old Midway woman, reportedly received minor injuries.

The police said that two people in the ambulance did not receive any injuries.

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) told the Times that the call came in around 3:40 p.m. and confirmed that the ambulance was transporting a patient between hospitals along with a family escort.

“Two ambulances responded and transported the patient, two paramedics, and the escort to hospital as a precaution, and for follow up,” said the BCEHS Communications Officer.

“A replacement ambulance was put into service. Staffing and service levels in Grand Forks have not been affected.”

BCEHS says there is an ongoing internal investigation into the ambulance-involved motor vehicle incident.

There was minor damage to the ambulance as a result of the incident.

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