The province's Special Investigations Unit is investigating after a red Honda Civic collided with a black, unmarked, Ottawa Police SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of Highway 417 early Sunday morning.
Shortly after midnight, a Honda Civic collided with a police Chevrolet SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of the highway near Woodroffe Avenue.
Ottawa paramedics arrived to find the lone occupant of the Honda Civic, a 65-year-old woman, trapped and semi-conscious. Paramedics quickly extricated the woman and used advanced life support procedures to stabilize the patient enroute to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre, where she was in critical condition, with life-threatening injuries that included severe head trauma. Her condition later stabilized.
Paramedics said the 38-year-old male police officer suffered minor head trauma and is in stable condition at the trauma centre.
The two police dogs in the back of the police vehicle at the time of the crash were transported to an animal hospital. Assistance from the specialized tactical unit paramedics, who have some veterinary medicine training and arrived on scene, was not required.
A civilian agency, the SIU investigates cases of serious injuries involving the police. Anyone who witnessed this incident should call 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1872.