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Updated: Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:27:37 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

4 Vancouver officers hospitalized after car crashed into restaurant



Four Vancouver police officers were seriously injured when a car drove through the front windows of a downtown restaurant. Meera Bains/CBC

Four Vancouver police officers were seriously injured when a car drove through the front windows of a downtown restaurant. Meera Bains/CBC

A 30-year-old woman drove a BMW through the front windows of a Vancouver restaurant Sunday night, seriously injuring four police officers who were eating at the Fatburger fast food joint.

Around 8 p.m. PT, the woman drove off the road onto the sidewalk and crashed into the front of the building, according to the Vancouver police department.

The four uniformed officers, who were eating dinner inside the restaurant, were struck by the car and crash debris.

The officers are in serious, but not life threatening, condition and have been taken to a local hospital.

The driver, who did not appear injured and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, did not seem impaired, said police. However, they will investigate all possibilities, including distracted driving.

The injured officers sustained broken bones, including at least one broken leg and ankle among the injured, tweeted CBC's Meera Bains from the scene. One officer had difficulty breathing after the crash.

The officers ranged in service from one to 10 years. Some of their families have already been notified, and the department is in the process of informing the remaining families.

"Lets keep them all in our thoughts tonight," read a tweet from the official VPD account.

Multiple police cars and ambulances have blocked off Denman Street, tweeted Bains. Officers with the department's collision investigation unit remain on scene and are trying to determine the cause of the collision.

The Fatburger restaurant is located on Denman Street near Davie Street.

Police are looking for witnesses and ask anyone with information to approach an officer or call 604-717-3321.

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