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

Marauders to play in championship Saturday

Pitt Meadows hosting senior boys basketball tournament

Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows part of speculation and vacancy tax

Watch the mail, fill out the form, or you’ll be taxed

Another Burrard wins a field lacrosse scholarship

Cooke playing for Newbury Wolves in South Carolina

Bella is tops for Maple Ridge dogs

City’s website offers pet trivia

Maple Ridge urged to help cannabis business grow

Big dollars in processing pot, says advocate

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Heavy snowfall expected on the Coquihalla

Snowfall warning in effect for the Coquihalla Highway, from Hope to Merritt

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Most Read