British Columbia

Mountie 1 of 5 injured in 4 car pile-up in Coquitlam

Criminal crash investigation team has been called in to figure out how the accident happened at Lougheed Highway and Westwood Street. Meanwhile, first responders are reminding drivers to yield to emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens on.

Criminal crash investigation team called in to figure out how accident happened at Lougheed and Westwood

A RCMP officer was injured after their cruiser was involved in a 4-vehicle crash at Westwood Street and Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam on Saturday Nov. 30, 2019. (Shane MacKichan)

Five people, including an RCMP officer, were taken to hospital on Saturday after a crash involving four vehicles in Coquitlam.

Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik, the watch commander at the Coquitlam detachment, said all the people taken to hospital were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Acording to a written statement from police, the collision occurred just before 5:47 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Westwood Street and the Lougheed Highway.

The Coquitlam police officer was responding with emergency lights and sirens to an incident.

While they were en route, a collision occurred with a vehicle passing through the intersection. That first collision between the police car and the vehicle caused three other vehicles to be struck.

Some of the four vehicles involved in a crash at Westwood Street and Lougheed Highway on Nov. 30, 2019. (Shane MacKichan)

A criminal crash investigation team has been called into to figure out what happened. There is currently no evidence of impaired or distracted driving.

It's the law to move over

The force is using the incident to remind drivers about safety and emergency vehicles.

"Coquitlam RCMP would like to use this unfortunate event to remind the public to always be aware that emergency vehicles could be passing through intersections at any time. Regardless of what colour intersection light you have, always be aware of hazards," police wrote in a statement.

RCMP say that the officer in the RCMP cruiser was responding to a call when the incident happened. (Shane MacKichan)

David Boone, chief of operations with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says firefighters often experience drivers not pulling over as they race to a fire.

"There's some very good drivers out there that are respectful, unfortunately there's also some drivers that aren't as aware," he said.

He also hopes that the crash in Coquitlam is a reminder for people to clear intersections when emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens are passing through.

Fines

In B.C., drivers failing to adjust their speed or move over for vehicles that have flashing red, blue or yellow lights, can be fined $173 and three penalty points on their insurance.

Boone says not giving space to an emergency vehicles might not cause an accident, but it could hamper responders ability to get to where they are going.

"We are responding to an emergency scene, time is of the essence and any delay to our response to the scene can [cause] a delay to people who need assistance," he said.

Anyone has dash camera footage or witnessed the collision first hand is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and request Constable Bauldry of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team.