**Updated** N.S. RCMP officer killed in N.B. crash after stopping to help change tire

**Updated at 7:30 a.m.**

The RCMP have identified 35-year-old Constable Francis Deschenes as the officer killed following a collision Tuesday night in Memramcook, N.B.

A 12-year veteran of the RCMP, Cst. Deschenes was killed just after 6 p.m. while on duty with Northwest Traffic Services-Amherst, having stopped to help two people in an SUV change a tire.

RCMP Fatal Accident

Police are investigating a fatal crash involving an RCMP cruiser in N.B. (Wade Perry via CTV Atlantic)

A utility van hit his cruiser and the SUV, and police say he died at the scene, while two people in the SUV were taken to hospital.

The driver of the van was also transported to hospital, where he was treated and then taken into police custody.

In a statement, Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan says he's not able to provide many details at this time, as there's an active criminal investigation into the fatal collision.

Asst. Commissioner Brennan says Cst. Deschenes was first posted to the detachments in Stewiacke and Bible Hill before joining the Musical Ride.

He later returned to Nova Scotia to join Traffic Services, and was also a member of the Special Tactical Operations/Tact Troop and was a Traffic Reconstructionist.

Cst. Deschenes received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.

Nine years ago, Deschenes was praised for preventing a possible train derailment with just seconds to spare by putting himself in the path of an oncoming train.

Early on December 1st, 2008, a car was stuck on railway tracks just south of Brookfield, Nova Scotia, as a CN freight train approached.

Deschenes crashed his police cruiser into the car, pushing it out of the way just 45 seconds before the train arrived.

With files from the Canadian Press.