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ATV accident and car fire keep local crews busy this afternoon

One man has been transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after an ATV accident on the Canada Trail this afternoon.

Deputy fire chief Sam Lattanzio said they were dispatched to the trail, which runs along an old railbed West of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam, at 1:54 p.m.

“The ATV had rolled down an embankment about 25 to 30 feet,” he said, adding Castlegar Search and Rescue, BCAS,CFD and RCMP all assisted in the rescue. “They had to use ropes and rigging to bring the victim up in a basket stretcher.”

He said CFD was not there as a city fire/rescue service, but rather to gain access to the gate at the trailhead, as the accident was about four or five kilometres up the trail.

Meanwhile, closer to the City of Trail, Rossland Fire Crews responded to a call for a car fire on the highway at the bottom of Rossland Hill. The call came in at 1:41 p.m., and by the time crews reached the scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured, but the highways was closed for about 10 minutes, then limited to single-lane traffic for another 10 or 15 minutes, according to KBRFR Captain Greg Ferraby. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.