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Girl airlifted following South Surrey collision

An officer stationed at 184 Street and 32 Avenue Wednesday chats with a motorist who pulled over in front of police tape that blocks northbound travel from 32 Avenue. - Tracy Holmes
An officer stationed at 184 Street and 32 Avenue Wednesday chats with a motorist who pulled over in front of police tape that blocks northbound travel from 32 Avenue.
— image credit: Tracy Holmes

A nine-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries Wednesday afternoon, following a crash at 184 Street and 40 Avenue in South Surrey.

Police say an off-duty RCMP officer was at the wheel of a Ford pickup northbound on 184 Street when it collided with an eastbound Ford Explorer SUV at 40 Avenue around 2:30 p.m. July 9.

The injured girl was a passenger in the Explorer. Her mother – the SUV's 29-year-old driver – and four-year-old brother were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The 35-year-old driver of the pickup also suffered minor injuries, but was treated at the scene.

The occupants of both vehicles are Surrey residents.

The collision prompted police to close both roads – 184 Street north of 32 Avenue and 40 Avenue, east from 176 Street – for several hours.

Investigators are asking for the public's help locating a possible witness: a motorcyclist who was travelling behind the pickup when the crash occurred.

It's believed the rider stopped to help and may have spoken to one of the drivers. He left the scene before police arrived.

The Independent Investigations Office is investigating the off-duty officer's actions, while Surrey RCMP's Criminal Collision Investigation Team is investigating the actions of the Explorer's driver.

Anyone with information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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