Saskatchewan RCMP say it called off the police pursuit of a stolen truck last week because of safety reasons.
The truck ended up colliding with a minivan about half an hour later, killing three women from Edmonton.
Maidstone RCMP were called to the two-vehicle collision on Hwy 16 approximately 5 kms. east of Lloydminster, around 3:10 a.m. on Friday Sept. 22,
Two of the occupants of the mini-van were confirmed dead at the scene. A third occupant – a 53-year-old woman – later died.
A 32-year-old woman was air-lifted to hospital in Edmonton.
One suspect, a 26-year-old man, was located in the area and is in custody.
The stolen truck involved in the collision was a three-quarter ton, heavy-duty, flat-deck. It was the subject of investigation by Maidstone RCMP earlier that morning, along with two other stolen vehicles.
In a media issued Saturday, “F” Division Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said, “the pursuit was terminated in accordance with the RCMP’s Emergency Vehicle Operation policy. Given that pursuits pose a serious risk to the public, the RCMP developed national policy that outlines the requirements for initiating a pursuit, the ongoing monitoring and assessing, and the decision to continue or terminate a pursuit.”
The collision occurred approximately 35 minutes after the pursuit was terminated. No police vehicles were in the vicinity at the time of the collision.