Ontario’s police watchdog has invoked its mandate after two men were seriously injured in a crash on the Vanier Parkway in Ottawa Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), officers with the Ottawa Police Service began investigating a vehicle near Cyrville Road and St. Laurent Boulevard at around 2 p.m.
About 20 minutes later, the vehicle was heading north on the parkway when it crashed near Beechwood Avenue.
The 24-year-old driver and his 23-year-old passenger were injured, the SIU said.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service said in a tweet that the men had to be extricated by firefighters and were taken to hospital in serious condition with multiple injuries.
The SIU investigates cases involving police where there has been a death, a serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said part of the agency’s investigation would look into whether there was an active police pursuit at the time of the crash.
As of 7:30 p.m., the Vanier Parkway was still closed in both directions near the scene.