Air ambulance closes Peace Arch border crossing

Child rushed back to Canada required emergency medical treatment

An air ambulance takes off from the shut-down Canadian side of the Peace Arch border crossing Saturday afternoon with a seriously ill child on board.

An air ambulance takes off from the shut-down Canadian side of the Peace Arch border crossing Saturday afternoon with a seriously ill child on board.

A medical emergency involving a child led to an unusual shutdown of the Peace Arch border crossing Saturday afternoon to allow an air ambulance to land.

The B.C. Ambulance Service said a patient was transported by helicopter from the border crossing to B.C. Children’s hospital in Vancouver at 3:20 p.m.

Faith St. John, spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency, said U.S. customs cooperated with their Canadian counterparts to get the child through the border crossing quickly around.

According to one report, a two-year-old had suffered serious injuries falling from a bunk bed in Birch Bay.

The lanes on the Canadian side were closed to give the helicopter a landing site.

The child was transported to a Lower Mainland hospital.

Traffic through the border was backed up after it was re-opened to traffic, with wait times of about an hour.