A 33-year-old B.C. man has died after he was crushed by a rolling SUV that had been trying to tow another vehicle.
Yukon’s chief coroner Kirsten Macdonald said two vehicles were driving on a small mining road near Gladstone Creek on June 1st. The victim was following a Toyota 4×4 SUV in a blue Ford Club Wagon XLT van.
The two vehicles were leaving camp and were headed to Haines Junction, Macdonald said.
At some point during the trip the van got stuck trying to make its way up a hill. A tow strap was attached between the vehicles to try and get it moving again.
During the tow the 4×4 rolled, and hit the man who was standing outside of the van.
“A helicopter was called and the injured man was transported to Haines Junction nursing station. He was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of June 2, 2016,” Macdonald said in a statement.
The name of the deceased is being withheld until his family can be notified.
Yukon Coroner’s Service, the RCMP and investigators from Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board are continuing to investigate.
“Our sincere condolences go out to the family of this young man, as well as others who are mourning his loss,” Macdonald said.
No autopsy will be ordered, but a toxicology report is pending. There is no suspicion that alcohol or any other substance played a role in the crash. It is standard in cases such as this to perform toxicology tests, the coroner said.
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