RCMP SUV in traffic crash in Surrey

SURREY — Surrey RCMP’s traffic section is investigating a crash involving an RCMP SUV and two other vehicles in Newton.

It happened at 6:40 p.m. Monday, in the 8200-block of 144th Street.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said an RCMP officer was transporting a prisoner in the back of the SUV when the prisoner cried out that he was having a heart attack and slumped over.

Paquet said the officer glanced quickly behind him. When he turned his head back, the traffic had stopped in front of him and the SUV rear-ended a Pontiac Sunfire, crushing its trunk. The Pontiac was in the middle of the three-vehicle crash.

“He couldn’t stop in time to avoid the collision,” Paquet said of the officer, who sustained a bump to his head.

Surrey firefighters had to rescue a woman trapped in the backseat.

Three people were taken to hospital.

Paquet said the prisoner was checked out and it turned out he didn’t have a heart attack.

"He was fine."

tzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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