SURREY — A truck driver in medical distress was seen swerving between lanes on Highway 91 near 72nd Avenue in Delta early Monday morning, while pulling a full load, before police stopped him near the 32nd Avenue exit in Surrey and had him rushed to hospital.
“After speaking for a few moments to the driver, the attending officers immediately recognized that this man was not impaired but suffering from what appeared to be a medical crisis,” Sergeant Lorne Lecker of Deas Island RCMP Traffic Services said.
The truck had been doing 20 km/h on the highway. Police called an ambulance which took the 53-year-old Chilliwack man to hospital.
Lecker said the officers may not have only saved his life “but also the lives of many others.
“An out-of-control, fully loaded tractor trailer may have caused significant injuries should police not have been called when they had, and been able to intervene when they did.”