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Police watchdog investigating officer-involved crash in Kamloops

August 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is looking into a crash involving a police car in Kamloops yesterday.

"The IIO has been notified of this incident and are investigating," spokesperson Aidan Buckley says. "The initial focus of all IIO investigations is to determine if there is serious harm and a connection to police action (or) inaction."

Buckley says if that is established, the watchdog will continue with its investigation. 

The crash happened yesterday morning, Aug. 15, on the Trans Canada in Valleyview.

RCMP said an officer was driving a marked police vehicle around 8:00 a.m. and had the lights and sirens turned on. 

The original RCMP release said the officer attempted to make a legal U-turn at a green light at Grand Boulevard and Highway 1 East, when a second vehicle ran a red light and collided with a cruiser.

An updated RCMP release now says the officer attempted the U-turn at a red light.

There were no serious injuries, police said.

— This story was updated at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2016, to include corrected information from RCMP.

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