SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield police officer was injured and an apartment building sustained damage, after both the officer’s cruiser and the building were struck by a tractor trailer late Wednesday night.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the officer had been knocked unconscious by the impact of the crash at Oak and Worcester Streets in Indian Orchard. That officer sustained head injuries in the crash, but is expected to survive. The officer’s name is not being disclosed at this time.
Delaney says that at 11:28 P.M., the officer was driving east on Worcester Street for a breaking and entering call. He had his lights and siren activated, when his cruiser was struck by the truck, which was headed northbound on Oak Street.
The force of the crash caused the cruiser to spin all the way around.
After colliding with the cruiser, Delaney says the truck veered right, and crashed into the apartment building at 1234 Worcester Street.
The officer was taken to the hospital, but the driver of the truck, a 59 year-old from Connecticut, was unhurt.
Both the truck and the cruiser had to be towed away, and the intersection was closed for hours overnight as police investigated and everything was cleaned up.
No citations have been issued at this time, but Delaney says that police were still taking measurements and talking to witnesses at the intersection Thursday morning.