A woman from NSW has been flown to a Melbourne hospital for treatment after being involved in a two-car crash in Launceston's CBD on Monday evening.
The woman and her husband were pedestrians.
A police car with lights activated entered the intersection and hit another vehicle, and the pedestrians.
The man has died.
The pair are from the Hunter Valley area.
A woman from NSW has been transferred from the Launceston General Hospital to Melbourne in a critical condition. She was involved in a two-car crash in Launceston's CBD on Monday evening. Her husband died as a result of the incident that involved a police car. @ExaminerOnline— Tarlia Jordan (@tarliaj14) January 7, 2020
A NSW man has been confirmed as the pedestrian victim of a fatality involving a police car in the Launceston CBD on Monday evening.
A NSW woman is also in a critical condition in hospital.
The crash occurred about 8.30pm on the corner of Paterson and St John streets.
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The police car, being driven by a male police officer, had lights and sirens activated on its way to an "urgent duty", Tasmania Police Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Higgins said.
"[He] was travelling east along Paterson St when he entered the intersection on a red light with emergency lights activated. The rear left side of the police vehicle collided with the silver Lancer, which was travelling south on St Johns St," he said.
"The police vehicle flipped and spun around several times, colliding with the two pedestrians, who were walking across the road."
A male pedestrian has died during a two-car #crash in Launceston. The crash involves a #police car that was travelling with lights and sirens, and another vehicle with four occupants. Investigations are expected to occur through the night. @ExaminerOnlinepic.twitter.com/yp4I7Sus4R— Tarlia Jordan (@tarliaj14) January 6, 2020
It is understood the silver Mitsubishi Lancer had four occupants.
The police officer and a female passenger of the Lancer remain in the LGH with non-life threatening injuries.
"Our thoughts are also with the driver and occupants of the silver Lancer as a result of this traumatic incident," Mr Higgins said.
A full Professional Standards investigation is underway into the incident.
The roads remained blocked for about 12 hours.
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