Firefighters from Ladysmith and Chemainus were called in to assist with shutting down part of the Trans-Canada Highway in Chemainus on Saturday morning so that Air Ambulance could land directly on the road and transport a patient. (Ray Delcourt Photo)

Chemainus accident shuts down Trans-Canada Highway for air ambulance landing

A local man suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital after falling from a tree in Chemainus on Saturday morning.

The incident occurred sometime after 10 a.m on Panorama Ridge Road in Chemainus where the man was cutting down part of the tree. There were also reports that the tree may have fallen on the man.

Ladysmith Fire Rescue was escorting the Wounded Warriors Run into town when they were called out to assist with stopping traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway. Chemainus Fire Rescue also responded to assist.

Paramedics rushed the patient, whose age is not known, to the bottom of Panorama Ridge Road where an Air Ambulance landed directly on the highway.

Motorists were stopped in both directions as the patient was transferred by stretcher to the helicopter.

It’s unclear if the man was being airlifted to Victoria or Vancouver hospital for further care.

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John Mountain captured this photo from the scene as the patient was transported from the ambulance to the waiting helicopter on the Trans-Canada Highway. (John Mountain Photo)

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