Police confirm five cars were involved in the crash, including a Coquitlam RCMP cruiser. The collision occurred around 5:45 p.m., they added.
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Luckily, nobody was seriously injured in the crash. Police also say there’s no evidence of impaired or distracted driving, and all drivers involved are cooperating with the investigation.
RCMP later said the police cruiser had its sirens and emergency lights on while heading to an incident, when it was struck by a vehicle. That collision caused the other three vehicles to crash.
The officer was on route to an incident when the first crash occurred at Lougheed Highway and Westwood Street, according to a Coquitlam RCMP news release.
“The 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,” Vadik said in a statement.
“Regardless of what colour intersection light you have, always be aware of hazards. Both legitimate or otherwise.”
The Criminal Collision Investigation Team has been called in as officials look into the cause of the crash.
While drunk driving was initially raised as a possibility, RCMP later said there is “currently no evidence” of impaired or distracted driving.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has dashcam footage is asked to contact Coquitlam RCMP and ask for Const. Bauldry of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team.
Five people, including an RCMP officer, were taken to hospital on Saturday after a crash involving four vehicles in Coquitlam.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C., which looks into all police-involved situations in which someone is injured, has been called in.
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 Road and Lougheed Highway.
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.
"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.
If anyone has dash camera footage or witnessed the collision first hand, please call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and ask for Constable Bauldry of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team.
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