Speeding driver crashes into emergency vehicles in Surrey

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      Despite the cold weather making driving conditions difficult across the Lower Mainland, some drivers are still speeding across wintry roads. In one such case last night, a driver wound up colliding with parked emergency vehicles.

      Surrey RCMP stated that around 6:15 p.m. on January 16, RCMP officers and Surrey Fire Service firefighters were already responding to a collision on Highway 99 north of the Serpentine River when a passing vehicle drove into a parked Surrey RCMP patrol car and a parked Surrey Fire Service truck.

      Both emergency vehicles, which were parked in a northbound bus lane and a middle lane, had their lights activated when the collision took place.

      While an RCMP officer and firefighters remained injured, the driver of the passing car was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

      Surrey RCMP stated that poor road conditions and speed are considered factors contributing to the collision.

      Officers issued the driver a ticket for speeding relative to conditions and for an unsafe lane change.

      More information on road safety and winter driving tips are available at the ICBC website.

      Last week, several collisions took place, including a head-on collision near Whistler between two vehicles on Highway 99 (with one of the vehicles lacking winter tires), vehicles flipping in two separate collisions in Richmond and Surrey, and a fatal single-vehicle crash in West Vancouver that claimed the life of a North Vancouver male teen (speed is being considered a contributing factor).

      In additon, Burnaby RCMP posted this photo of a car that did not clear snow from its side windows, resulting in the driver receiving a $109 ticket.