UPDATED: Vehicle accident closes Park and Union streets in Rockland
ROCKLAND — A Rockland Police Officer was involved in a two-vehicle accident as he was responding to a report of fire, Thursday, Nov. 15.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Addison Cox was driving south along Park Street (U.S. Route 1), with lights and sirens activated, when he drove through a red light at the Union Street intersection.
“He believed all vehicles had yielded,” according to a KCSO news release.
Michael Roy was heading west on Union Street, in the middle lane of traffic, with a green light.
“His view of the emergency vehicle was blocked as there were vehicles to the left of him turning left,” the release said. “Mr. Roy had a green light and proceeded across Park Street.”
Officer Cox's 2017 Chevy Tahoe police cruiser struck Roy's grey 2012 Nissan Xterra.
Because Rockland EMS was busy with a small, quickly extinguished fire at a commercial building on Old County Road, Cox was transported to the hospital by Thomaston EMS, with a possible head injury.
Roy was uninjured.
Rockland police and fire departments, along with the Sheriff’s Office, also responded to the scene.
“As is normally the case, Rockland PD requested the Sheriff’s Office respond to handle the investigation,” the release said.
The vehicles were towed from the scene by Camden Exxon.
Knox County Communications coordinated the efforts for emergency response.
ROCKLAND — The stretch of Park Street (Route 1) in Rockland between Johnsons Sporting Good and Dairy Queen is reopened as of 6:20 p.m. after being closed to traffic due to a two-vehicle accident.
At about 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, as members of the Fire Department, and it’s mutual aid responded to a fire call on Old County Road, a two-vehicle accident involving a police cruiser occurred at the Union/Park streets intersection.
A Rockland police officer was transported to the hospital for observation, according to Police Chief Chris Young.
The driver of the other vehicle refused medical attention.
On-call firefighters with the Rockland station responded to the intersection, as did Thomaston EMS, and law enforcement from Rockland, Thomaston, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
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