2 kids among 5 dead in B.C. crash

Five people were killed in Surrey, B.C. on April 28, 2013 after a car ran a red light and struck...

Five people were killed in Surrey, B.C. on April 28, 2013 after a car ran a red light and struck another vehicle. (Shane MacKichan)

Luke Brocki, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Five people, including two children, were killed in a crash near the Canada-U.S. border in Surrey, B.C., late Sunday morning after a speeding car ran a red light.

The crash happened moments before 11 a.m., when police said the lone driver of a white Dodge minivan – travelling west on 32nd Avenue well above the posted speed limit – ran the red light at the Pacific Highway crossing and T-boned a mid-sized import car moving north on 176th Street.

“It’s a horrific crash,” Surrey RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr said during a phone interview from the crash scene. “The car is now in such disarray that it’s unrecognizable as to what brand it is.

"The import vehicle has come to rest in two pieces; the two pieces are 25 metres apart from each other.”

The force of the crash caused both cars to roll over and hurl debris for 200 metres west of the intersection. All the occupants of the smaller car died in the collision.

The driver of the minivan, a man in his mid-40s, was airlifted by air ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital. On Sunday afternoon, the BC Ambulance Service reported the man was in critical condition.

“This is among the most horrific scenes that I – and a half-dozen of these officers that have the same service as I do – have ever seen,” Carr said. “When you have five deceased people out of the same vehicle, there’s a very high likelihood we’re going to tell somebody that they’ve lost their entire family.”

The intersection was expected to remain closed in all directions until late Sunday to give experts time to comb through the debris. Surrey RCMP's Criminal Collision Investigation Team and the Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are leading the investigation.


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