Rutland police officer hospitalized after crash
By Brent Curtis
staff writer | March 11,2014
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
The aftermath of a vehicle collision involving a Rutland City Police cruiser and a Chrysler 300C is seen at the intersection of Route 4 and Terrill Street on Monday afternoon.
A Rutland City Police officer and another man were both hospitalized Monday after a crash left a city police cruiser and another car crumpled on North Main Street.
Officer Adam Lucia was listed in good condition at Rutland Regional Medical Center on Monday night, two hours after the 6 p.m. crash. The identity of the other driver and his condition weren’t available Monday evening. Firefighters at the scene said the driver of the white Chrysler was conscious and walking when they arrived.
The Chrysler and the 2014 Ford Police Interceptor that was involved in the crash both sustained massive damage.
The front of the police cruiser was smashed in while the passenger side of the Chrysler was heavily damaged. Air bags deployed inside both vehicles. The crash sent both vehicles over the curb at the northeast corner of the North Main and West street intersection.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by city police Monday night. But Sgt. John Sly said preliminary reports showed that Lucia was traveling north through the intersection responding to an emergency call when the crash took place.
Sly said Lucia and another city police cruiser were travelling with their lights and sirens on when they approached the intersection.
One cruiser passed through the intersection unscathed but before Lucia’s cruiser could pass, the Chrysler entered the intersection from West Street and was struck.
How fast the two vehicles were traveling was unclear, but Sly said police would soon know how fast the cruiser was going.
“When we get our vehicle back to the station we will download the video system and be able to obtain the speed it was traveling at. That’s one of the pieces of data our video system tracks,” he said.
Traffic at the intersection was backed up as city firefighters, Regional Ambulance Service crews and both city and Vermont State Police cruisers responded to the scene but the busy roadway was never closed. Three city police officers directed cars around the crash site.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call city police at 773-1816.