Surrey/Abbotsford/Chilliwack – The IIO, Independent Investigations Office is reviewing procedure in a crash of a tractor that was part of a weekend protest convoy.
Surrey RCMP are leading the investigation.
Chilliwack farmer Bill Shoker was driving his tractor on Highway 1 as part of an anti-SOGI convoy.
Video of the incident appears to show no license plate on the tractor and being driven erratically.
There have been reports that Shoker was pulled over once by RCMP as he made his way from Chilliwack through Abbotsford and into Surrey. (The stop made at the Clearbrook overpass on Highway 1)
Video has circulated of police maneuvering to stop the tractor, which flipped and caused injury to the driver.
The crash was at the 176 off ramp.
Shoker posted Facebook video of why he was involved in the protest convoy.
The official media release:
The BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Surrey where one man suffered injuries.
On November 25, at approximately 1:20 p.m., officers with the British Columbia Highway Patrol attempted pull over a tractor which was travelling westbound on Highway 1 near the 176 street turn off.
Officers had reportedly attempted to pull the tractor over for an extended period while it was part of a convoy that was heading to Vancouver.
During the interaction, the tractor and police vehicle collided, the tractor inverted, and came to a rest on its side, resulting in the driver suffering non-life-threatening injuries. He remains in hospital.
The IIO BC is investigating police actions in the incident.
The British Columbia Highway Patrol is investigating actions of the driver and Surrey RCMP are investigating the collision between the tractor and police vehicle.
Please note that all aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation by the IIO BC. For more information about the IIO BC and media updates, you can visit its website at www.iiobc.ca.
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