SURREY: In a horrific car accident in South Surrey on Sunday (at 11 am, on April 28) five occupants of a Toyota Corolla car were killed on the spot when a speeding Dodge Caravan that had jumped a red light rammed into it. The crash was so severe that both cars went flying in the air and landed a fair distance away. The Toyota was crushed beyond recognition.
Five members of Sachdeva family from Surrey, all of whom were travelling in the Toyota were killed in the crash when the westbound van slammed into them.
The family runs Sachdeva Sweets and Restaurant on Scott Road, Surrey
Sachdeva Sweets is registered to Prem Nath Sachdeva, and has been in business since 2003.
On Monday the restaurant was closed and a hand-written sign on the door read: “Closed for a few days, family emergency, sorry.”
RCMP say the crash claimed the lives of the 31-year-old female driver, a three-year-old girl, five-year-old boy and two other women, age 47 and 68.
The Mounties also said it was one of the worst they’ve witnessed in over 20 years.
The five occupants of the 1994 Toyota Corolla died when a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan allegedly failed to stop at a red light at 176 Street and 32 Avenue.
The crash scene, which included a debris field about 200 metres wide, and a stretch of Pacific Highway was closed for hours Sunday after the 11 a.m. crash.
Sgt. Dale Carr said it appears the minivan sped through a red light at the intersection and then crashed into the much-smaller car.
The male driver — and lone occupant — of the van suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to Royal Columbian Hospital.
He’s been identified as a 46-year-old man from Langley and remained in stable condition on Monday.
“The Dodge Caravan has such high velocity, it goes through the intersection, it comes to rest about 200 metres west of that intersection,” Carr 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 called the collision the worst he’d seen in 26 years of policing.