Multiple fatalities after serious crash near U.S. border

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Police investigate the aftermath of a fatal car crash at the intersection of 176th Street and 32nd Avenue in Surrey, B.C. on Sunday. RCMP in British Columbia say five people are dead after a serious crash near the U.S border. — Canadian Press photo

SURREY, B.C. — Five people are dead following what B.C. Mounties say is possibly the worst car crash witnessed in over 20 years.

Police say the crash occurred at an intersection not far from the U.S. border Sunday morning.

Sergeant Dale Carr said it appears that a Dodge Caravan sped through a red light at the intersection and then crashed into a mid-sized car.

“ 1/8The Dodge Caravan 3/8 has such high velocity, it goes through the intersection, it comes to rest about 200 metres west of that intersection,” he said. “There’s again, so much velocity involved in the crash that the mid-sized import vehicle was torn in half at the firewall.”

Carr said the incident left a debris field of about 200 metres in size. All five occupants — three adults and two children — of the mid-sized car died at the scene. The male driver — and lone occupant — of the Dodge Caravan suffered serious injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital.

Carr, who has been in law enforcement for 26 years, called the crash scene a horrific scene of debris, and the worst collision he has witnessed.

“I can’t think of a time that I’ve ever seen a crash, personally, of this magnitude,” he said.

No details about the people involved in the crash have been released.

Organizations: Royal Columbian Hospital.Carr

Geographic location: U.S., SURREY

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