SURREY (NEWS 1130) — It was a small miracle nobody was seriously hurt after a car ran into not just one, but two first responder vehicles on Highway 99 in South Surrey Thursday night.
Crews said the car was driving north near the Serpentine Bridge when it arrived at the scene of a prior crash, where two tow trucks, a police cruiser, and a fire truck were just wrapping up their investigation of the two-car collision.
The approaching vehicle failed to stop and ended up side-swiping the police cruiser before rear-ending the fire truck.
Surrey fire battalion chief Brian Carmichael said there was significant damage to all vehicles.
“Our vehicle will be out of service,” he told NEWS 1130. “It is driveable, but I don’t think it is capable to do the job it was designed for, so we have a backup engine that is going to replace it.”
The driver and all of the other people at the scene escaped without major injuries.
“There is a serious injury waiting to happen around every corner,” Carmichael said. “In this particular case, we were very fortunate to have that fire vehicle blocking that scene.”
The situation serves as a reminder to slow down when approaching the scene of a crash.
-With files from Renee Bernard and Toby Kerr