West Bridgewater, Mass. officer injured in crash

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March 26, 2013, 10:38 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, West Bridgewater, Mass.) - This is the aftermath of a horrific accident that left a West Bridgewater police sergeant seriously injured.

Investigators say it happened about 5:15 Tuesday evening, when Sgt. Gregory Ames was driving down Manley Street responding to a call for an erratic driver with his cruiser lights on when a Chevy Avalanche turned in front of him.

"Witnesses state that the officer had his emergency equipment on and the vehicle in front tried to take a left into a parking lot in his path," West Bridgewater Police Lt. Victor Flaherty said.

The cruiser crashed into the side of the Chevy truck, sending it sailing down the street and leaving the cruiser’s front end demolished.

Sgt. Ames was rushed by med-flight to Boston Medical Center to be treated for head injuries. Amazingly, the driver of the Chevy was able to walk away from the crash uninjured.

"This is a very rare accident and the extent of the injuries the same," Lt. Flaherty said.

Flaherty says he’s still interviewing witnesses and determining exactly what happened.

"It appears that the first vehicle didn’t see the officer coming, I would have assumed he would have pulled to the right," he said.

It’s unclear at this time if the driver of the Avalanche will face any charges for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

"Right now I’m still investigating the accident and at this time I haven’t made a determination on citations and fault," Lt. Flaherty said.

Sgt. Ames has been with the department for more than a decade. At last check, he was listed in fair condition at BMC.

Tags: massachusetts, police , investigation, Alysha Palumbo, police cruiser, West Bridgewater, Gregory Ames, Victor Flaherty, Manley Street
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