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One killed, two seriously injured in high-speed five-car crash in Richmond
As emergency crews frantically worked to peel back the steel skin of the crumpled white Mercedes sedan, an awaiting air ambulance's rotors suddenly spun to life.
With dozens of onlookers gathered near the roadside carnage, at Westminster Highway and Knight Street, it became evident that the person inside the white four-door sedan was no longer alive, as the air ambulance lifted off with two patients clinging to life in critical condition.
Even before investigators had spent two hours at the scene, the extent of the damage clearly displayed that speed was a factor in the crash that involved six vehicles, one of which hurtled across the intersection and came to a rest inside a ditch about 100 metres away.
The white Mercedes sedan's trunk was completely missing, as though either pushed in, or shorn off by the violent impact.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley confirmed that one person was dead, three others were in either serious or critical condition following the multi-vehicle pileup that created commuter chaos.
One of the cars involved was a rare $200,000 Aston Martin DB9 convertible, which wound up underneath the white Mercedes C-series sedan from which the deceased occupant was being pulled after the helicopter departed. The two cars came to a rest next to a battered Ford Escape, which sustained rear-end and side damage.
Some 100 metres away, in the ditch on the west side of Knight Street, laid another badly damaged American vehicle, possibly a Chrysler Pacifica, which was left a smoking wreck, its back half obliterated.
The deadly collision occurred around 3:30 p.m.
As of 6 p.m., Knight Street remained closed to southbound traffic while traffic was closed in both directions on Westminster Highway. Police said the intersection would remain closed for an undetermined amount of time as investigators tried to piece together precisely what happened.