2 die in highway collision involving SQ police cruiser

The police officer was on her way to the scene of a car accident when her cruiser collided with an oncoming vehicle on Highway 323 near Saint-Rémi-d'Amherst, 20 kilometres southwest of Mont-Tremblant in the Laurentians.

Patrol car collided with oncoming vehicle on Highway 323 near Amherst, 20 km southwest of Mont-Tremblant

A 63-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were killed when an SQ police cruiser collided with an oncoming vehicle while the officer was heading to the scene of a car accident near Saint-Rémi-d'Amherst, Que. (Radio-Canada)

Two people are dead after a Quebec provincial police cruiser was involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon in the Laurentians.

Quebec's independent investigative agency, ​the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), has taken over the investigation.

In a statement, the BEI said a police car collided with an oncoming vehicle on Highway 323 near Saint-Rémi-d'Amherst, 20 kilometres southwest of Mont-Tremblant.

A 63-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were killed.

The police officer was injured, but a BEI news release says she is expected to recover.

Seven BEI investigators have been assigned to the investigation, to be assisted by a forensic specialist and a crime reconstruction specialist with the Montreal police service.

Highway 323, which links to Highway 50 at Montebello, is closed to traffic near the location of the collision.