Emergency crews transport extract one person after a vehicle went off Highway 99 near the Nicomekl River Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews transport extract one person after a vehicle went off Highway 99 near the Nicomekl River Tuesday afternoon.

Driver airlifted following Highway 99 crash

Speed suspected as man seriously injured after vehicle went down steep embankment.

Speed is being investigated as a factor in a crash on Highway 99 in South Surrey Tuesday afternoon that resulted in a man being airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing a Ford Escape travelling northbound at a high rate of speed around 3 p.m. July 7, before it left the roadway between 32 Avenue and King George Boulevard, according to RCMP Traffic Services.

When first responders arrived on scene, the sole occupant – a 62-year-old Surrey resident, according to police – was trapped inside the “mangled” vehicle, which had gone down a steep embankment.

The highway’s northbound lanes were closed to traffic at 16 Avenue for a short time while an air ambulance landed to transport the driver to hospital.

RCMP described his injuries as serious, however the extent was not immediately known.

Anyone who witnessed Tuesday’s crash and has not spoken to police is asked to call Deas Island Traffic Services at 778-290-2400, referencing file 2015-2556.

Surrey North Delta Leader