Fort St. John resident dead after ATV accident near Fort Nelson

A 33 year-old Fort St. John resident is dead following an All Terrain Vehicle accident near Fort Nelson.

At around 3 p.m. on Thursday, the Fort Nelson RCMP received a report of a serious accident on a rural dirt road. The incident happened 18 kilometres into the bush, at Mile 171 west of the Alaska Highway and south of Fort Nelson.

Police initially received a call from a Norwestel Telephone Operator, who received a report from a cell phone with a poor signal.

When the Fort Nelson and other emergency crews arrived, they confirmed one person was deceased and the other had non-life threatening injuries.

The two were travelling along a narrow private dirt road, when the driver of the ATV apparently lost control while negotiating a curve in the road.

The side-by-side ATV vehicle rolled off the embankment and struck a tree.

The driver was not wearing a helmet and suffered fatal head injuries.

Meanwhile, the passenger was airlifted to the Fort St. John hospital, and has been since released with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers and the Provincial Coroner’s Office continue to investigate the incident.