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Surrey RCMP member hurt in crash
A Surrey police officer is in hospital after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed New Years morning.
At about 12:45 a.m., the officer answering a call to a fight. He had lights and siren going while heading eastbound on 72 Avenue.
When he crossed 144 Street, he had to swerve to avoid another vehicle and lost control of the police car, veering into a pole.
He suffered a compound fracture to his right femur and lacerations to his face.
No one else was hurt.
RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said it's always frightening when a fellow police officer is badly hurt in a car accident.
"Lucky that he was the only one involved, thanks to his maneuvre, but in the long run that he's going to be okay," Paquet said Wednesday.
He remains in hospital being treated for those injuries.