A man takes a look at what remains of a single vehicle accident along Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows Saturday evening. Bystanders rescued a family of five from a vehicle that burst into flames. Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

UPDATE: Driver of vehicle fire in Pitt Meadows still in hospital

SUV crashed into transmission pole, flipped onto its side and burst into flames.

  • Aug. 13, 2017 8:00 a.m.

The driver of a car that crashed into a power pole and burst into flames late Saturday in Pitt Meadows remains in hospital in serious condition, according to RCMP.

The male driver was one of five people – including a woman and three children – pulled from a burning SUV by bystanders.

According Pitt Meadows fire chief Don Jolley, the vehicle hit a large, metal transmission pole on Lougheed Highway, in front of Boston Pizza at Meadowtown Centre, at a high speed just after 10:30 p.m.

Upon impact, the SUV flipped on to its side and burst into flames.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, according to Ridge Meadows RCMP.

Jolley said the speed of the impact likely severed the vehicle’s fuel line.

While firefighers were on their way, seven or eight bystanders lifted the SUV back on to its wheels, opened all the doors, helped get all five occupants – two adults and three children – out, while the vehicle was on fire.

“It was a super human kind of thing,” Jolly said.

“They certainly risked their lives.”

All occupants were taken to hospital, but police said the injuries of the other family members were not as serious as those of the driver.

The driver had reportedly gone into medical distress prior to the crash, according to reports.

The SUV was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

Meanwhile, 10 to 12 vehicles stopped along the highway, some occupants recording the fire with cell phones while firefighters put out the fire.

“It’s not only low to do that, but it has an impact on responders,” Jolley added.

“Just get out of the way.”

It’s not the first time he’s seen that.

“There’s no human decency, no common sense. It’s a sad statement about the society we live in – people filming, not helping.”

The Pitt fire department would like to identify all the people who did help and recognize them for their heroism.

“They saved the lives of an entire family last night.”

• Contact the Pitt Meadows fire department at 604-465-2401.

Just Posted

Petition started to stop Maple Ridge road straightening project

Petition in response to proposed plan to straighten section of Fern Cres. towards Golden Ears Park.

VIDEO: Drive by shooting in Langley (updated)

Truck and house damaged in attack

UPDATED: Gunfire erupts in quiet Langley neighbourhood early this morning

Police have 79A Avenue cordoned off after reports of shots just before 5 a.m.

Fire safety concerns at Anita Place Tent City

Residents sacrificing safety for warmth

Candidates eyeing mayor’s chair in Maple Ridge

Daykin, Morden undecided about return to politics

VIDEO: Surrey Now-Leader reporter tries on a ‘drunk driving suit’

The suit from Ocean Park Ford emulates what it’s like to get behind the wheel after drinking

10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Flames win makes it three straight

Top Junior B teams clash in Abbotsf0rd on Saturday tonight

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read