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UPDATED: Several injured in Coquitlam car pile up

One person was air-lifted to hospital and several others were injured after multiple collisions involving a number of vehicles occurred along the Riverview Hospital stretch of the Lougheed Highway.  - SUBMITTED PHOTO
One person was air-lifted to hospital and several others were injured after multiple collisions involving a number of vehicles occurred along the Riverview Hospital stretch of the Lougheed Highway.
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Several people are recovering with broken bones and minor injuries after a six car pile up along the Riverview Hospital stretch of the Lougheed Highway last week.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. after one vehicle struck another, causing a chain reaction that led to the closure of parts of the highway.

One person was airlifted to hospital but RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said all of the victims were expected to recover.

"The injuries looked bad at the scene but when the person got to the hospital it was not as serious as we originally thought," he said. "The investigation continues and we are analyzing all the information that we have."

He said a couple of witnesses have contacted police since the accident occurred last week and investigators are still trying to piece together what happened. Chung said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

Eastbound traffic was re-routed to use United Boulevard, while motorists heading westbound were re-routed to Chilko.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2012-12337.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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