CIU – Crash Investigation Unit
Crash Investigation Unit follows the officers from the moment a call comes in, until the conclusion of a case months later, offering rare insight into the exhaustive and fascinating processes of evidence gathering, mechanical investigation, forensic testing and witness testimonies.
Balancing this forensic storytelling (including 3-D animations created from police laser-survey data) is the human, personal impact of road trauma: Families and friends share stories of lost loved ones; survivors reflect on luck and what they could, or should, have done differently; and witnesses relive the shock of what they saw.
From witnesses trying to free a driver from a flaming inferno, to the teen learner driver who kills her friend, from late night on a rural road to rush hour on a highway, they’re all intriguing jobs for the specialist Crash Investigation Unit and dramatic real-life viewing for audiences.
Filmed by Greenstone in Sydney for the Seven Network, Crash Investigation Unit features teams of highly specialized police officers as they work to establish the causes of tragic incidents. Two series have now been produced.
Year of screening: 2011
Producer: Rachel Antony
Thanks to: NSW Police
Exec producer: Andrea Lamb
Network exec: Dan Meenan
Field Producer: Sarah MacLellan
Post & recon director: Craig Gaudion
Offline editor: Torin Mathias, Phil Holt
Onlining: The Lab, Babylonia
Production manager: Tanya Pouwhare, Bronwyn Bezuidenhout, Kylie Henderson
Production assistants: John Ma, Douglas Ngai
Production coord: Hilton Howson
Camera: Stephen Baker
Additional camera: Craig Donaldson, Lindsay Day
Sound: Marty Butler, Craig Maguire, Robert Colvill, Lionel Tregret, David Tottle
Narrator: Steve Bastoni
Music: Ant Nevison
Graphics: Kangoo Animation
Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi
Financial controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: 7 Network, Australia