Four people jump clear of truck before it goes over cliff; rescued by RCAF

The Canadian Press

COMOX, B.C. - Four people survived a dramatic crash in which they were forced to jump out of a pickup truck just before the vehicle plunged over a cliff on the B.C. coast Friday.

The Royal Canadian Air Force, which was called out to rescue the group, says the incident happened near Toba Inlet, about 180 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.

The pickup was travelling on a snow-covered logging road when it went out of control and began sliding down an embankment.

Just before the truck went over a cliff, the four occupants jumped clear, but two of them were injured.

Poor weather prevented an air ambulance from getting into the site, so the Air Force sent in a Cormorant helicopter.

Other first responders who had got to the crash site prepared the patients and cleared a landing site for a Coromant, which flew the four people to a hospital in Comox on Vancouver Island.