Manitoba

Woman dead after van fleeing officers crashes, Winnipeg police say

Winnipeg police say a woman has died after the van she was in collided with a pickup truck and flipped over on Boyd Avenue near Sinclair Street as it tried to flee from police on Tuesday afternoon.

Van collided with truck on Boyd Avenue and Sinclair Street, flipping both vehicles

Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Rob Carver talks about a crash on Boyd Avenue and Sinclair Street that killed one woman on Tuesday afternoon. 1:00

Winnipeg police say a woman has died after the van she was in collided with a pickup truck and flipped over on Boyd Avenue near Sinclair Street as it tried to flee from police on Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was one of five people — two women, two men and a 17-year-old boy — that were in the silver van when it crashed just before 4 p.m. on the residential street in the city's Burrows neighbourhood, police spokesman Const. Rob Carver told reporters at the scene.

The other four people in the van, including the male driver, are in stable condition in hospital, said Carver, who did not specify if the driver was an adult or a youth.

The driver of the pickup truck, who was the only person in that vehicle, is also in stable condition, he said.

The silver van and the red truck can be seen flipped onto their sides.

Winnipeg police examine the truck that was struck in the collision. The driver of that vehicle is in stable condition, a police spokesman said Tuesday evening. (CBC)

"The incident appears to have started when a general patrol unit in the area observed the vehicle with five individuals in it and decided that there was a reason to initiate a traffic stop. Overhead lights were activated and … the vehicle immediately fled and collided with the half-ton," Carver said.

He added, "While it is a pursuit by a technical definition, we did not actually apparently pursue the vehicle in terms of accelerating or moving after it."

The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, which investigates all serious on-duty and off-duty incidents involving police officers in Manitoba, is taking over the investigation into the crash.

Carver did not release any further details about the crash, citing the IIU investigation.

Boyd Avenue and Sinclair Street remained closed to traffic on Tuesday night.