Fairfield police cruiser totaled in collision with big rig

Posted Jan. 31, 2013, at 8:48 p.m.

FAIRFIELD, Maine — A Fairfield police officer suffered minor injuries and his police cruiser was totaled after colliding with a tractor trailer truck while attempting to make a u-turn to chase a speeder driving in the opposite direction late Thursday morning

“The officer was driving south on Route 201 and observed a northbound vehicle going by at a high rate of speed. He turned on the blue lights and tried to make a turn, but a truck coming in the opposite direction couldn’t avoid him and slammed into the cruiser’s right front fender,” said Fairfield police Sgt. Matthew Bard.

The 2009 Ford Crown Victoria was totaled. The tractor-trailer truck, which was not carrying a trailer, was also damaged, but not totaled. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Bard said the officer was taken to Maine General hospital in Waterville, treated and released. The truck driver was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, treated and released.

Bard said the accident is being investigated and reconstructed by Maine State Police, but no charges are expected. Weather was not a factor.

“The driver of the truck just didn’t have time to react and had no place to go,” said Bard.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m.

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