The driver of a tractor-trailer unit had to be airlifted to hospital this morning after an accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Canoe.
RCMP say the big rig left the westbound lanes of the highway just before 3 am and went through trees coming to rest down a 15 foot embankment.
The driver was pinned in the wreckage and the truck had to be cut apart to get him out.
That took several hours because of the extent of the wreckage, the terrain and overhanging trees.
The truck had to be stabilized by a heavy wrecker so that it did not destabilize and roll further which would have endangered the rescuers as well as the trapped driver.
The identity of the driver has not been released, but police say he is from Mission.
What caused the truck to leave the highway has not been determined.