Laser mapper key to crash investigation
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.