Mountie 1 of 5 injured in 4 car pile-up in Coquitlam
Criminal crash investigation team called in to figure out how accident happened at Lougheed and Westwood
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.
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.
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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.
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.