Laser map­per key to crash in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

CUT­TING edge tech­nol­ogy was used in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish what hap­pened in a head-on crash which left a man dead.

Po­lice have yet to name the vic­tim in the tragic col­li­sion near Chat­teris on Satur­day but said he was a 58-year-old man from Ely.

He died when his Pero­dua MYVI was in­volved in a col­li­sion with a BMW M3 trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion on the A142 Isle of Ely Way, Chat­teris by­pass.

His 61-year-old fe­male pas­sen­ger was in­jured and taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal in Cam­bridge.

The 43-year-old driver of the BMW, a man from March, re­ceived mi­nor in­juries in the crash.

The BMW’S pas­sen­gers, a 43year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy also from March, both re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.

The crash left the A142 closed for five hours from 10am, be­tween the B1048 New Road junc­tion and Wenny Road.

But ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Cam­bridgeshire po­lice used a new 3D laser map­ping in­stru­ment which can give them a de­tailed model of the crash scene.

It takes four-and-a-half min­utes to scan the scene com­pared with about 20 min­utes it would take an of­fi­cer to draw a map.

Pc Steve Ed­wards, se­nior col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tor, said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic piece of equip­ment. It takes 120,000 mea­sure­ments a sec­ond build­ing up a com­plete 3D model of the scene.

“It means if a wit­ness gives us a state­ment and tells us where they were at the time we can stand in their shoes with­out go­ing back to the scene.”

The force is one of only 27 in the coun­try to have the equip­ment af­ter bid­ding for the tech­nol­ogy.

The tech­nol­ogy and as­so­ci­ated soft­ware was funded by the Depart­ment for Trans­port and the Na­tional Polic­ing Im­prove­ment Agency.

But Cam­bridgeshire po­lice paid about £18,500 for train­ing and a new com­puter needed spe­cially to run the soft­ware.

A spokes­woman for the po­lice said: “We had to bid to get the equip­ment. The num­ber of col­li­sions on the A14 was a key fac­tor in help­ing us get it.

“It should help us speed up scene in­ves­ti­ga­tions and get the road open quicker.”

Roads Min­is­ter Mike Pen­ning MP said: “There is noth­ing more frus­trat­ing than be­ing stuck in a traf­fic jam for hours on end.

“But even worse than that is the shock­ing £1 bil­lion cost of those lost hours for our econ­omy. That is why we are de­ter­mined to im­prove clear-up times fol­low­ing ac­ci­dents so we can get our mo­tor­ways re-opened as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Chat­teris col­li­sion and ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should Cam­bridgeshire po­lice on the non-emer­gency tele­phone num­ber 101.

in­ves­ti­ga­tion: The scene of the crash on the A142 Isle of Ely Way, Chat­teris.

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