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Motorcycle accident produces domino effect

A motorcycle accident on Highway 1 in Burnaby produced something of a domino effect of collisions early Sunday morning.

The incident took place in a construction zone between Kensington Avenue and Gaglardi Way just before 1 a.m.

Construction crews had directed traffic to merge into one lane, said Cpl. Robert McDonald of RCMP Lower Mainland Traffic Services. When a vehicle came to a stop in traffic in the eastbound HOV lane, a motorcyclist failed to do so and collided with the first vehicle.

While officers from two RCMP cruisers were investigating the accident scene, McDonald said, "somebody was looking at the fire trucks and ambulance, didn't pay attention to what was in front of him and drove directly into the back of our police car."

The impact of hitting the first police vehicle pushed it into a second police car parked in front of it.

Photos from the scene show a GMC SUV had plowed into the rear of the police cruiser causing significant damage, and the motorcycle on its side with pieces broken off.

McDonald said there were no injuries other than minor ones involving the motorcyclist, who was taken to hospital.

Police continue to investigate and are considering potential criminal charges in the first collision involving the motorcycle, he said. Alcohol is believed to have been a potential factor.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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