Two dead, two seriously injured after crash on Ottawa highway Sunday

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OTTAWA — Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating after a crash on a major highway in Ottawa left two people dead on Sunday.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m., when officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and Ottawa Police Service followed a vehicle eastbound on Highway 417 as part of an investigation.

Provincial police say the officers stopped following the car because of safety concerns, and a short time later, the vehicle was reportedly travelling east in the westbound lanes of the highway.

The Special Investigations Unit says the vehicle then collided with another vehicle, killing both drivers — the 36-year-old man who was being followed by the cops and a 62-year-old woman.

The agency says other vehicles were also involved in the crash, and two people

The SIU is automatically called in to investigate incidents involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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