VANCOUVER – A crash involving a police car and a van in Langley created a graphic crash scene, but all the people involved managed to avoid major injuries.
The accident happened in the Aldergrove area of Langley, at 268 Street and Fraser Highway, just before 1:30 p.m.
Kelly Kilpatrick with the Independent Investigation Office (IIO) says a Langley RCMP cruiser was travelling code 3 (emergency equipment activated) in response to an unrelated complaint, when it collided with a van near the intersection.
The crash also knocked out power to some homes in the area.
Crews were on scene for several hours and two air ambulances were dispatched to the scene, while the intersection was closed for several hours.
One person was airlifted to Royal Columbian Hospital and four others were taken by BC Ambulance Service to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
While it initially looked as though the injuries were serious, the RCMP later issued a press release saying all five people were in good condition and everyone has now been released from hospital.
Langley RCMP wanted to thank bystanders who helped at the accident scene.
“We are aware that many citizens stepped up and assisted both our officer and the civilians at the scene before emergency services arrived. We are grateful to them for jumping in as they did and relieved that none of the injuries were as serious as first thought.”
The IIO will be investigating the crash, as it involves a police officer.
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