SIU investigating after 2 seriously hurt in crash

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Ontario’s police watchdog is probing a crash on a 401 ramp, near Newcastle, on Sunday afternoon that left two people seriously injured.

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said the collision happened on Hwy. 115 and Hwy. 401 and involved a stolen pickup truck that hit a ditch.

According to the SIU, Port Hope police received a call about an aggressive driver.

Upon arrival, officers came upon a two-vehicle collision in Port Hope. One of the drivers fled and is believed to have carjacked a pickup truck.

The alleged carjacker forced the driver to operate the pickup truck, according to preliminary police information.

The OPP located the vehicle, initiated a pursuit, and with the help of Durham Regional Police officers, deployed a spike belt. The driver of the pickup truck hit the spike belt and entered the ditch at the Hwy. 115 southbound ramp to Hwy. 401.

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Investigators say the alleged male carjacker was arrested and taken to hospital, while the 28-year-old male driver was hospitalized. A female passenger was uninjured.

The SIU is asking anyone with information to call 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU investigates circumstances involving police that have resulted in a death or serious injury.


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