Vehicle collides with propane line causing explosion in Thornhill

Driver sustained severe burns, was taken to Lower Mainland in air ambulance

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A vehicle collided with a propane line causing an explosion in Thornhill around 5 a.m. on Oct. 22.

Terrace RCMP received a driving complaint, according to an RCMP press release. As police were on their way to the 4600 block of Queensway Dr., they were told the driver had struck a propane line in an empty lot.

Upon arriving, RCMP members observed the vehicle burst into flame. RCMP removed the driver, who was on fire, and extinguished the flames on the driver.

Ambulance and fire services were called as well as Pacific Northern Gas to assist with the situation.

The driver was transported to Mills Memorial Hospital to be treated for severe burns. The patient, in serious condition, was then transported by air ambulance to the Lower Mainland for further treatment, according to a statement from BC Emergency Health Services.

No one else was in the vehicle.

Terrace RCMP are asking members of the public to come forward with any information that might be of use as police investigate the cause of the crash. Information can be reported to the Terrace RCMP detachment at 260-638-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.