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

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION - 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,” Roger­sMarsh 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.

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