A police officer and an elderly woman have died after a head-on crash between a police car and another vehicle on Christmas Day.
The officer, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the collision on the A57 in Sheffield yesterday evening. The woman, 61, was rushed to hospital but died there shortly after.
The incident happened at around 8.15pm as the marked police car was responding to a 999 call and travelling in the direction of Coisley Hill.
The other car involved was a silver Citroen C3, with a female passenger and male driver, 61, inside.
After emergency services were scrambled to the scene the driver of the Citroen was taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.
The crash happened on the A57 near Sheffield (pictured) yesterday at around 8.15pm. The marked police car and silver Citroen C3 collided head-on
Police are appealing for witnesses and have reported the incident to the Police Complaints Commission.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘Emergency services were called to reports of a collision at around 8.15pm yesterday evening (Monday 25 December), on the A57 in Sheffield.
‘A marked BMW3 series police car was responding to an incident and travelling towards Coisley Hill, and a silver Citroen C3, travelling in the opposite direction, were involved in the collision.
‘The 46 year-old officer driving the police car, was sadly pronounced dead shortly after the collision. He was responding to an immediate incident at the time.
‘A 61-year-old Sheffield woman, who was a passenger in the Citroen was taken to hospital but passed away shortly after.
‘The driver of the Citroen, a 63-year-old man, was taken to hospital where he currently remains in a serious condition.
‘Specialist officers are supporting both families.
‘A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and its investigators are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.’
David Hartley, Assistant Chief Constable said: ‘On behalf of the force I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to all of those left bereaved by this terrible tragedy, our thoughts, love and support are extended to all those affected.
‘We are doing everything we can to support them through this difficult time. I ask that their privacy is respected at this sad time.’
‘We have lost a friend and a colleague from our police family in this incident. The officer has been with us for 12 years and was a passionate, professional and universally liked officer. His colleagues, and everyone across the force, are devastated by what has happened.
‘Our thoughts are with both families who have lost loved ones during this incredibly difficult time’
Any witnesses or anyone who saw either of the vehicles before the crash, are asked to call 101 quoting incident number 691 of 25 December 2017.
A map shows where the marked police car crashed with the Citroen C3 at around 8.15pm yesterday on the A57 near Sheffield yesterday