Cop car crash kills 2

<p>Two young men died yesterday morning when a police cruiser, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, broadsided their sedan at a Burnaby intersection.</p>

 

RCMP cruiser was responding to suicide call


 

 

jeff hodson/metro vancouver

 

An RCMP officer examines the inside of a silver Chevrolet Cavalier that was struck yesterday morning by a police cruiser at the intersection of Kingsway and Royal Oak Avenue in Burnaby. Two men, aged 26 and 27, died in the accident. The female officer escaped with minor injuries.



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.



















accidents happen




  • ICBC stats from 1995 to 2005 show the number of collisions involving emergency vehicles is staying fairly consistent at around 180 per year, with 25 of those collisions resulting in deaths.


source: news1130.com




 
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