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Who will make amends, for two crashed Mercedes Benz?


Bob Mackin

Originally published Aug. 23; UPDATED Oct. 4, with surveillance video

Two Mercedes sedans crashed into separate Surrey structures in the just over eight hours earlier this week.

In an Aug. 22 news release, Surrey RCMP said a speeding black Mercedes that fled from a police officer around 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 20 crashed into a house in the 12700 block of 67A Avenue. Two males escaped from the vehicle. One of them was arrested with the help of the dog squad. Police continue to seek the second suspect.

Meanwhile, theBreaker has learned that a white Mercedes sedan crashed into an escalator at Gateway SkyTrain station, shortly after the driver evaded police around 2:20 a.m.

A Mercedes like this crashed into a Surrey SkyTrain station Aug. 21.

Had it happened a few hours earlier, when the station was open, there could have been several casualties.

Surrey RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Elenore Sturko said an officer tried to pull over a suspicious 2014 Mercedes CLS6 sedan, but the vehicle failed to stop. Sturko said the officer did not try to pursue the vehicle.

“A short time later police received a report that the same vehicle had collided into the Gateway SkyTrain entrance,” Sturko said. “The vehicle was unoccupied when police arrived at the collision.  No suspects have been arrested. The investigation is ongoing.”

Sturko said a review of any available video and witness statements will be part of the investigation, but she declined to release any images and had no suspect description available. Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8744.

TransLink spokeswoman Jill Drews refused to comment on the incident and referred theBreaker to the Surrey RCMP.

In this era of heightened security around transit stations, why is there no barrier at Gateway to keep cars out?

“Stations are designed according to all applicable safety codes and guidelines,” Drews said. “All unexpected safety incidents and accidents are investigated and reviewed to determine causes and possible mitigation measures. Operational or physical changes that enhance safety are then considered and implemented as part of our capital and operating processes.”

WATCH surveillance footage, obtained under freedom of information.

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