Police van rolls after colliding with car in peak hour traffic

Ian Bushnell 11 April 2018

The scene of the accident in Lyons this morning when a police van rolled after colliding with a small sedan. Photos: Ian Bushnell.

Two police officers were injured when their van rolled after colliding with a small Nissan sedan on Melrose Drive in Lyons about 8 am this morning.

ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service and police responded to the crash, with police closing two lanes which caused traffic to back up in Melrose Drive and Hindmarsh Drive.

The woman driver of the sedan, which suffered minor damage to its front, was shaken but unhurt.

“I didn’t see them,” was all she could say.

The two officers were taken to Canberra Hospital with minor injuries, according to ESA media.

It is believed the police van’s lights were flashing at the time of the collision.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said the ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the scene and was investigating the circumstances of the collision.

The spokesperson did not say whether the van was involved in a pursuit or responding to a call.

No further details were provided.

The spokesperson said if anyone witnessed the collision and had not yet spoken to police, they are urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website.

The accident was one of several that caused traffic chaos on the south side this morning with the Tuggeranong Parkway and the Cotter Road brought to a standstill in peak hour.

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