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.
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.
Highway 2 near Memramcook at km480 eastbound lane is now open.
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.”
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.