RCMP cruiser was responding to suicide call
jeff hodson/metro vancouver
Two young men died yesterday morning when a police cruiser, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, broadsided their sedan at a Burnaby intersection.
An RCMP constable was responding to a suicidal woman and was heading down Kingsway at 1:55 a.m. when she crashed into a silver Chevrolet Cavalier headed south on Royal Oak Avenue, according to an RCMP report.
The Cavalier spun through the intersection and crashed into a brown Kia Sorrento going east on Kingsway.
Bob Rigdon, who lives in a highrise on nearby Burlington Avenue, heard the accident.
"After the initial hit, there was so much dust and dirt I couldn’t see the cars," Rigdon said.
He said the fire department had to cut the passenger from the Cavalier with hydraulic cutters.
The men in the sedan, aged 26 and 27, died in hospital.
The officer and the driver of the SUV were taken to hospital with minor injuries and were released.
The busy intersection was closed to traffic yesterday morning while an accident reconstructionist investigated. A coroner was also on scene, but it is not known whether an inquest will be called.
Cpl. Jane Baptista, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said the suicidal woman was assisted by other emergency services.