Police stop ‘out-of-control’ truck on Highway 91 in Surrey to find driver in medical crisis

Police, paramedics help truck driver in medical crisis on Highway 91

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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.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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