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Alberta judge recommends RCMP update U-turn training after death of Mountie

Alberta judge recommends RCMP update U-turn training after death of Mountie
July 25, 2012 - 12:12 PM

EDMONTON - An Alberta judge says RCMP should change how it trains officers to make U-turns following the death of Mountie in a traffic collision.

The recommendation is the key finding of a fatality inquiry report into the May 2009 death of Const. James Lundblad near Millet south of Edmonton.

Lundblad was driving north on Highway 2A and started a U-turn to pursue a speeding vehicle driving in the other direction.

The report says the officer pulled over to right shoulder of the road, activated his left turn signal but did not turn on the car's emergency lights before making the turn.

His police cruiser was hit broadside by a truck as it made the U-turn.

Judge Bart Rosborough recommends that RCMP should train officers to bring their vehicles to a full stop so they can check for oncoming traffic before making U-turns.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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