Investigation after female pedestrian and marked police van collide in Bideford
A police officer has been suspended after a woman was left with a life threatening head injury following a collision with a police vehicle in Bideford last night.
At about 7:15pm a marked police van and a female pedestrian collided on the A386 between the Ford Rise junction and the Torridge Hill junction just before the Old Bideford Bridge.
The woman, aged 28, sustained a life threatening head injury, say police.
Initially she was taken to North Devon District Hospital but was later air lifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
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The driver of the Ford Transit police van, a serving officer, was uninjured and has been suspended from driving pending the outcome of the investigation.
A police spokesperson said: "The police van was on routine patrol and travelling in the direction of Torrington when the women crossed in front of the van.
"Officers from the Serious collisions investigation unit are carrying out a full investigation at the scene to establish how the collision occurred."
The road was closed while investigations took place, with local diversions set up.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The force has asked Avon & Somerset police to oversee the investigation.
Officers from the serious collisions investigation unit would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101 and quote log 738 of 6 March 2013.