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Collision Sends OPP Officer To Hospital - March 03, 2014

Web posted on March 03, 2014

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Thursday February 27, 2014 around 12:30 p.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruiser at the scene of a two vehicle collision on Perth Road 131 just north of Milverton was struck from behind by a pickup truck.

Investigation revealed that an OPP officer was investigating a collision between a tow truck and a car on Perth 131 near Line 70. The cruiser was on the side of the road with emergency lighting activated and flares placed behind it. The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the earlier collision were seated in the back seat of the cruiser when the cruiser was struck.

As a result of the pickup truck striking the cruiser one of the two male drivers seated in the back seat of the cruiser sustained minimal injuries for which he was treated at the scene. The second male was uninjured. The female OPP officer sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 23 year old female from the Township of Perth East did not sustain injuries as a result of the collision. The two passengers in the truck were also not injured.

The cruiser was totalled and the pickup truck sustained major damage.

It was determined that the pickup truck was driving at an inappropriate rate of speed for the conditions when it struck the back of the cruiser. The Perth County OPP is continuing their investigation into this collision.

"It is upsetting to see that people are continuing to drive so fast in these poor conditions. They are unable to react to obvious emergency signage, cruiser lighting and flares. As a result they are placing themselves, the public and our officer's lives at risk," said Perth County Inspector Steve PORTER.

This collision was one of 51 collisions investigated by the Perth County OPP between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday February 27th. The OPP is reminding the public to adjust their driving to road and weather conditions, and to obey road closed signs. It is not the weather that causes crashes but drivers who fail to drive according to the conditions.