Mountie 1 of 5 injured in 4 car pile-up in Coquitlam

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 Road and 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.

“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.

Some of the four vehicles involved in a crash at Westwood Street and Lougheed Highway on Nov. 30, 2019. (Shane MacKichan)

RCMP say that the officer in the RCMP cruiser was responding to a call when the incident happened. (Shane MacKichan)