Montreal

Police officer killed in cruiser crash

A 21-year-old police officer who had just joined the Lévis Police Service a few months ago was killed when her car spun out of control and hit a bridge abutment near Quebec City Monday morning.

A 21-year-old police officer who had just joined the Lévis Police Service a few months ago was killed when her car spun out of control and hit a bridge abutment near Quebec City Monday morning.

She was rushing to help a cyclist who had just had a heart attack, police said.

Two patrol cars were racing to the scene on Highway 20 when they got the call about the heart attack, said provincial police Sgt. Claude Denis. Highway 20 is the main highway up the east side of the St. Lawrence River, and Lévis is just across the river from Quebec City.

But as the two patrol cars rounded a curve, the second one spun out of control and slammed into the concrete pillar of an overpass.

The officer who was driving the cruiser was taken to hospital, where she later died.

Provincial police have taken over the investigation of the crash.

Witnesses sought

So far, Denis said, they have one clear fact.

"About the other police car, this one is not involved in the collision," he said.

There were no other vehicles on the road at the time, Denis said.

The westbound lanes of the Highway 20 were closed for most of Monday as provincial police investigators combed the road surface and the wrecked cruiser.

Police said they are now looking for any witnesses who might have seen the crash.

Police did not release the victim's name.

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