UPDATED: Chain reaction sends cars colliding

Drivers were lucky that no one was hurt in a seven-car pileup on the Trans Canada Highway Monday morning in Langley.

The drivers were heading eastbound around the 21200 block of the highway at around 10:15 a.m. when the first part of the crash took place.

According to Staff Sgt. Dale Somerville, of the RCMP Lower Mainlan Traffic Services, the first incident was  fender bender between two cars. One car rear ended the other.

The next four cars behind the accident all managed to stop successfully.

The seventh car did not.

That driver hit the sixth car in the line, pushing it into the fifth car, which hit the fourth, which hit the third.

“There were no injuries,” said Somerville.

The driver of the seventh vehicle was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act with following too closely, said Somerville. Investigators are also looking at whether there may be mechanical issues involved.

The crash reduced traffic to one lane and resulted in numerous Langley Township fire crews and ambulances being called out, but the collisions were cleared away relatively quickly.

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