Multiple fatalities after serious crash near U.S. border

SURREY, B.C. – Five people are dead after a crash 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 midsized car.

“[The Dodge Caravan] 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.