Police watchdog clears officers in crash that killed man and abducted woman

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MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - An Alberta agency that investigates the actions of police in serious matters has ruled that officers did not cause the death of two people in a car crash following a high-speed chase.

Clif Purvis with the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says there is evidence a woman was taken against her will from a home in Medicine Hat in November.

City police followed a suspect vehicle and, as the chase continued outside the community, RCMP got involved.

Purvis says the vehicle was travelling up to 177 km/h before it turned onto a secondary highway, then suddenly veered into the path of a semi truck.

Branden Anderson, who was 27, and his passenger Crystal Trotchie, who was 33, were killed.

The truck driver received minor injuries.

Organizations: Alberta agency, RCMP

Geographic location: MEDICINE HAT

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