3 people hospitalized after crash near Oromocto

Fire officials say three people are lucky to be alive following a dramatic crash near Oromocto.

Jody Price, chief of the Oromocto Fire Department, said crews responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Wilsey Road in Rusagonis around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

"The vehicle was upside down in a ditch full of water," Price told our newsroom. "There was one person trapped inside, and they also had a couple of dogs in the car with them."

"He only had about a foot, foot and a half of air space left in the car."

Price said two other people who were also in the vehicle had managed to escape by the time firefighters arrived.

He said the rescue was a difficult one for firefighters for a number of reasons.

"Because the car was upside down and because we didn't have really good access to it because it was in like three feet of water, the guys had to wade into the frozen ice and water and slush... it was waist-high in some areas, and they had to use the Jaws of Life to basically pry open the doors of the car," said Price.

"By the time we were done, we had a couple of [firefighters] that couldn't feel their legs and their feet," he said. "One of them was even having trouble walking."

Price said the three occupants of the vehicle were taken to hospital, and firefighters took the dogs back to their home.

"If there had been another foot, foot-and-a-half of water in that ditch, they probably would have drowned."

Price said there was good teamwork between his firefighters, the RCMP and Ambulance New Brunswick.

RCMP Cpl. Nick Arbour said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.