Highway 2 now open following fatal crash near Memramcook

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A 35-year-old RCMP officer from Nova Scotia has died following a collision on Highway 2 near Memramcook that involved a police cruiser on Tuesday evening.

The RCMP officer had stopped to help two people in an SUV change a tire when a utility van collided with his police car and the vehicle.

The officer died at the scene, the RCMP said in a statement on Wednesday morning.

The two people with the SUV were taken to hospital.

The collision happened at the 480-kilometre mark in the eastbound lanes shortly after 6 p.m. Traffic was diverted all night.

The driver of the van was also taken to hospital and was treated and taken into police custody.

RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said on Tuesday that at least three vehicles were involved in the accident.

Video gathered the scene showed a van and an SUV, but the RCMP cruiser appeared to bear the brunt of the impact. That was corroborated by an eye witness.

rcmp-cruiser Highway 2 now open following fatal crash near Memramcook

A RCMP cruiser was involved in a three vehicle collision in the eastbound lane on Highway 2 near Memramcook Tuesday night. RCMP have confirmed one person has died and several were injured. (Pierre Fournier/CBC)

John Morris, a photojournalist, said he was travelling from Halifax to Moncton and could see red flashing lights as he approached the accident scene after 8 p.m. 

As he drove by, he saw three or four vehicles on the side of the road and and confirmed one of them was an RCMP cruiser.

“There’s a lot of people around and it really doesn’t look good,” he said.

“I didn’t get a good look at the other vehicles but it looked like the RCMP cruiser took the brunt of it.”  

Accident scene on Highway 2 near Memramcook0:56

RCMP said the road was closed for several hours while emergency crews attended the scene. The road reopened around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing.

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