A collision between a Massachusetts State Police cruiser and an SUV at the intersection of Cottage and Bedford streets in Bridgewater Saturday morning sent both operators to the hospital with minor injuries.
BRIDGEWATER — A collision between a Massachusetts State Police cruiser and an SUV sent two to the hospital with minor injuries Saturday morning.
About 9:20 a.m., Bridgewater police and fire personnel responded to the intersection of Cottage and Bedford streets for a two-vehicle crash involving a State Police cruiser and a Cadillac Escalade SUV. At the scene after the collision, the Escalade came to rest facing southbound on Bedford Street (Route 18 and Route 28) while the police cruiser came to rest perpendicular across the southbound lane of Bedford Street facing Cottage Street.
The Escalade suffered damage to the driver's side headlight and bumper, while the State Police cruiser suffered heavy damage to the entire front of the vehicle with the hood crumpled in. Despite the crash, airbags did not deploy in either vehicle.
Both operators received minor injuries, State Police Trooper James DeAngelis said, and were transported via ambulance by Bridgewater Fire Department personnel to area hospitals. The male trooper in his late-40s was taken to Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital while the female Escalade operator also in her late-40s was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Traffic was reduced to one lane as officials reconstructed the crash. Southbound traffic on Bedford Street was diverted onto Cottage Street and Cottage Street was closed at South Street until the scene was cleared about an hour later.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, DeAngelis said.
State Police and Plymouth County BCI also responded to the scene.
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