N.S. Moun­tie killed af­ter stop­ping to change mo­torists’ tire in N.B.

North Bay Nugget - - NATIONAL NEWS - Kevin Bis­sett

mem­ramCooK, N.b. — a Nova sco­tia moun­tie who ap­par­ently stopped to as­sist mo­torists with a flat tire has been killed in a col­li­sion in south­east­ern New brunswick.

a util­ity van col­lided with his po­lice car and an suV shortly af­ter 6 p.m. Tues­day in the east bound lane of the Trans Canada high­way near mem­ramcook, po­lice said.

rCmp Cpl. Jul­lie rogers-marsh said the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion has de­ter­mined the of­fi­cer stopped to as­sist two peo­ple in the suV change a tire.

“The 35-year-old male rCmp of­fi­cer died at the scene,” she said.

“The two peo­ple with the suV were taken to hospi­tal and the driver of the van was also taken to hospi­tal where he was treated, re­leased and has been taken into po­lice cus­tody,” rogers-marsh said.

rogers-marsh couldn’t say why the Nova sco­tia of­fi­cer was in New brunswick at the time, but did con­firm that he was on-duty and in uni­form. as of mid­day Wed­nes­day, his name had not been re­leased.

pho­tog­ra­pher John mor­ris was driv­ing to monc­ton when he came upon the ac­ci­dent.

“as I got closer I no­ticed there were cars in places where they shouldn’t have been on the side of the road. I no­ticed a lots of flash­ing lights and a po­lice car that looked se­verely dam­aged,” he said.

mor­ris’ photos show dam­age to both the front and rear of the rCmp cruiser.

“Just look­ing at it you got a bad feel­ing about it,” he said.

mor­ris said he knows many rCmp of­fi­cers, and it was dif­fi­cult to view the wreck­age.

“They put their lives at risk a lot. They have a tough and dif­fi­cult job and don’t re­ceive a lot of credit for what they do,” he said.

rogers-marsh said it has been a dif­fi­cult time for mem­bers of the force.

“When our mem­bers deal with fa­tal ac­ci­dents it’s never easy to deal with that. It’s cer­tainly very dif­fi­cult when it’s one of your own co-work­ers or some­body that you might know. our thoughts go out to the mem­ber’s fam­ily, friends and his co-work­ers,” she said.

she said in­ves­ti­ga­tors would have to de­ter­mine if ev­ery­one was in their ve­hi­cles at the time of the crash or stand­ing by the ve­hi­cles.

photos ap­pear to show the tire had been changed. a tire with a plain black rim can be seen on the rear pas­sen­ger side of the suV.

The east­bound lanes of the high­way were closed for sev­eral hours while emer­gency crews at­tended the scene. The high­way was re­opened Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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