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Young German police officer killed in motorway collision
Published Thu, 28/12/2017 - 12:00
A 23-year-old German police officer was killed and two other officers were seriously injured in an accident with a truck on the A61 highway near Viersen, just across the border from the Netherlands. The German police were parked along the highway, waiting for the truck after the Dutch police warned them about the truck's driving behavior, NOS reports.
The accident happened early on Thursday morning. The German police wanted to pull the truck over. But the truck crashed into the police car at full speed, dragging the car about 200 meters. The 23-year-old female officer died at the scene. The condition of the other two officers is unknown.
NRW Home Secretary Herbert Reul paid tribute to the police officer who died in action on the A 61."I was deeply saddened by this message. My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased official. She was suddenly and unexpectedly killed at the age of just 23. This terrible incident shows once more what dangers our police officers face every day. "
The Ministry has ordered mourning florets for the patrol cars of the NRW police.