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Police Cruiser In Queensway Crash

By 250 News

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 04:32 PM

Prince George, B.C.-  A  Prince George RCMP officer  was taken to hospital this afternoon after  the  cruiser he was driving  was in a collision at 17th and Queensway.
Around 2:45 this afternoon , a west bound fully marked police vehicle was responding to a complaint of a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Carney Street and Massey Boulevard. The police officer activated his emergency lights and sirens while stopped at a red light at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Queensway. 
 
North and south bound traffic stopped, and the officer proceeded through the intersection. Two large trucks in the inside south bound lane shielded the police officer from seeing the driver of a sedan traveling in the south bound curb lane. The same vehicles shielded the driver of the sedan from seeing the police vehicle. The sedan, proceeding through a green light, collided head on with the right (passenger) side of the police vehicle. It is believed that both vehicles were traveling below the posted speed limit. 
 
The police officer was taken to the University Hospital of Northern BC as a precaution. The two occupants of the sedan, refused medical treatment and appeared to be shaken, but not injured.
 
Several witness statement were obtained. The investigation into this collision continues.
 

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And the other won't be "shielded" from paying a higher icbc rate!
Just because you turn on your red and blue lights doesn't mean you don't have to make sure it's safe to go. Duh!
correct. Emergency vehicles are subject to all the traffic laws and they are responsible for any collision which may happen as a result of braking normal traffic patterns.
Siren wailing and all the other vehicles have stopped and the sedan driver is oblivious?
Those Crown Victoria police cars are one tough car. To bad they stopped making them.
Speaking of police cars, am I the only one who sees the PG on the trunk and wonders how many times someone has spray painted an "i" in between?
Faxman Two large trucks in the inside south bound lane shielded the police officer from seeing the driver of a sedan traveling in the south bound curb lane. The same vehicles shielded the driver of the sedan from seeing the police vehicle.
Sedan driver should be aware that their view of the intersection is impeded by the two large trucks, and that even though they have the green light they have to be on guard for traffic moving against the light.
Police car driver should be aware of the same examples and act accordingly.
The two trucks are not a good excuse for either driver.



It used to be called Defensive Driving!
metalman.
Why was the sedan travelling in the curb lane? Isn't that illegal unless he was turning?
"Why was the sedan travelling in the curb lane?"

To avoid a pothole???
Good answer Gus :)
"The police officer activated his emergency lights and sirens while stopped at a red light at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Queensway."

Then pinned it without looking down the road is my guess. When the lights come on vehicles magically stop no matter where they are on the road. I get a kick out of the U turns, put their lights on slam on the brakes do the u turn in heavy traffic and expect every one to get out of the immeadiatly.
DPJ: the curb lane there is a through lane as it is at most intersections. It is not a right turn only lane. And Gus, the curb lane right from Patricia to 20th has the most potholes, depressed manholes and rough sections on that stretch of road, same as the other side, from 20th to at least 17th. I always try to take the left lane going either way.
The police officer probably assumed that because all the other traffic had stopped, anyone in the right lane there would stop too but traffic is often stopped in the left southbound lane for someone turning left. He should have known that. the other driver should have approached that intersection very carefully, especially with a siren wailing that close.
Good post Give more. But it should include if the driver is listening to the raidio and the car is more sound proof.
Was the civilian driver wearing ear buds?
Maybe he/she did not hear the si-reen.
metalman.
Just glad it was a vehicle that was hit..........not a pedestrian. If all other vehicles are stopped at an intersection it's always safest to stop. That could have been a pedestrian crossing the intersection. They certainly would not have faired as well as the officer in his vehicle did.
the way some of the careless rcmp members drive around this town I,m surprised there not alot more accidents!, it almost like there above the law??