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Crash on Lingan Rd. Investigated


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation into a head-on motor vehicle crash that occurred late Saturday night on the Lingan Road near Sydney.

Police had earlier responded to a complaint of domestic violence. A male had left that scene and was located by police operating a motor vehicle. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the male fled. Police then pursued the vehicle, but reportedly discontinued the pursuit on the Lingan Road near the former Canadian Forces Base radar station. The male continued, and a short time later police received a 911 report of a motor vehicle crash. When police arrived at that scene they discovered the male’s vehicle had collided head on with another vehicle. The female driver of that vehicle was taken to hospital with serious injuries including fractures to both legs.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact SiRT, toll free, at 1-855-450-2010.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Media Contact:

Ron MacDonald, QC