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Mountie flips car in crash

Surrey RCMP are investigating after one of their officers struck a cement divider with his cruiser, causing the car to roll over and slide on its roof down one of the city’s busiest routes.

CTV Vancouver says the Mountie was driving a marked police car northbound in the 7600-block of King George Boulevard at around 10:15 p.m. Saturday when he hit the divider in the middle of the road, according to police.

The car then rolled onto its roof and slid for some distance, Staff-Sgt. Blair McColl said.

Fire crews raced to extract the lone officer from the car using the Jaws of Life.

The officer did not appear to be in pursuit of anybody, and didn’t have his lights or siren turned on, according to police.

“It’s not clear exactly where he was going or what he was doing,” McColl said.

The officer was taken by ambulance to Surrey Memorial Hospital, where he has since been released with minor bumps and bruises.

“From what I’ve been told he’s doing pretty good,” McColl said. “I’m sure pretty sore, and it had to be a very frightening experience.”

Surrey RCMP’s traffic unit and the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are investigating the cause of the crash.

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