Three young men are lucky to be alive after the truck they were riding in went over steep embankment on Sooke River Road.

Truck plunges off embankment, three hurt

Accident on Sooke River Road

If not for the seat belts the three young men were wearing they would most likely be severely injured or dead

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the early afternoon, a pick up truck carrying the trio went off a high bank on Sooke River Road.

Several vehicles were travelling along the road towards Sooke when the driver of a pickup attempted to pass a number of vehicles when the truck driver lost control and went down the embankment.

Const. Rowat of the Sooke RCMP said the deployed air bag  and the seat belt saved the driver. The driver walked away from the crash with minor injuries and the two passengers were sent to hospital with what Rowat termed as minor injuries.

“It was lucky no one was killed,” said Const. Rowat.

The truck had to be hauled up out of the steep embankment with two tow trucks. Traffic was intermittent along Sooke River Road for several hours as the mess was cleaned up.

Police say alcohol and drugs were not a factor but the driver of the truck will be charged with driving contrary to restrictions. He was a “N” driver and was not allowed to carry more than one passenger, he had two.

Const. Rowat said on Thursday that the injured passengers and driver were fine, although they were all stiff and sore.