Maple Ridge boy airlifted to hospital

Hit by van in front of high school

A 13-year-old boy was hit by a van in front of Garibaldi secondary Thursday evening.

A 13-year-old boy was hit by a van in front of a high school east Maple Ridge Thursday evening.

The accident took place around 6:45 p.m. on Dewdney Trunk Road by 248th Street after the boy darted out from the front of a stopped transit bus.

He was struck by the van and tossed off its windshield. He had just left a school dance at Garibaldi secondary.

Two off-duty paramedics were the first emergency personnel on scene and cared for the teen until an ambulance and fire truck arrived.

The teenager was bleeding from his head and an air ambulance was called to airlift him to B.C. Children’s Hospital. Police said his injuries are non-life-threatening.

Maple Ridge fire chief Dane Spence commended the off-duty paramedics for their sense of duty.

“I understand they had just finished their shift and were carpooling home when they rendered assistance to the young fella,” said Spence.

“The first few minutes of care are the most critical. By the sound of things, this young man had the best care, as soon as possible. I am sure if you ask them, they wouldn’t want any special accolade, but the public is extremely fortunate that our emergency workers are so dedicated.”

The investigation into the accident continues and police said there is no indication it was caused by driver error.

“Thankfully the teen is not seriously injured,” added Cpl. Dale Somerville.

“He is in hospital but with no broken bone. He does have some head trauma.”

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