Multiple vehicle collision shut down Lougheed Highway Saturday night

Police are investigating after five vehicles — including an RCMP police cruiser — were involved in a crash Saturday night

A vehicle collision involving multiple cars and a police cruiser shutdown a section the Lougheed Highway Saturday night.

According to the Coquitlam RCMP, the cruiser was on its way to a call with full lights and sirens shortly before 6 p.m. when it collided with another vehicle at Lougheed and Westwood Street.

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"The collision caused three other vehicles to be struck as a result of the first impact between the police car and the other involved vehicle," Mounties said in a press release. "No one that was involved in the collision was seriously injured and there is currently no evidence of impaired or distracted driving."

According to one witness, paramedics transported five people to hospital, including the police officer.

The RCMP's Criminal Collision Investigation Team was on scene and because an officer was involved in the crash the Independent Investigations Office has taken charge of the investigation.

"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," said the press release. "Regardless of what colour intersection light you have, always be aware of hazards."

Anyone that has dash camera footage or witnessed the collision first hand is asked to call the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

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