A pickup truck slammed into a Honda sedan and both vehicles smashed into the front of a downtown Langley restaurant at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The crash at the intersection of 203rd Street and Fraser Highway demolished the white car, along with a recycling bin on the sidewalk, and the railing around the patio area for the Me & Ed's pizza restaurant.
The red Ford pickup may have run the light, said Cpl. Holly Marks of the Langley RCMP.
Emergency crews, including an RMCP officer on foot, ambulance paramedics, and firefighters from the nearby Langley City firehall, were on the scene within minutes.
The man behind the wheel of the truck was not hurt, but a 19-year-old woman driving the Honda had suffered life-threatening injuries.
The paramedics wanted to extract the woman from the Honda quickly, said assistant City fire chief Pete Methot.
"We used our tools to pop the door," Methot said.
The City fire department just got new hydraulic spreaders and cutters, the so-called "jaws of life," in December, he said. "Extrication took moments."
The woman was then taken by ambulance to Langley Regional Airport, and flown to hospital by helicopter.
Alcohol is not thought to have been a factor in the crash.
Police also emphasized that the red truck was not being chased by police at the time of the accident, a rumour that began circulating almost immediately after the incident.
RCMP officers closed off a large area, with any street leading to the intersection blocked off. Traffic was snarled around the intersection during the afternoon rush hour.
Nearby employees in stores and coffee shops reported hearing a sudden loud noise, and said within a minute the Langley City firefighters arrived. Their firehall is just a few hundred meters away on 203rd Street.
The road closures stayed in place until well into the evening.
Anyone who saw the crash is being asked to call the Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200 to help investigators.
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