PEABODY (CBS) – A Peabody police officer was hit by a pickup truck on Route 1 and seriously hurt during rush hour Monday morning.

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It happened in the southbound lanes near the Lowell Street exit around 9 a.m.

Sergeant Eric Zawacki was on a paid detail at a construction site giving directions to another driver when he was struck. The driver of the pickup stopped and was cooperating with police.

Zawacki was conscious and alert when he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

It’s not known yet if charges will be filed or citations will be issued to the driver.

Police say, “it appears to be a very unfortunate accident at this time.”

Traffic in the area was backed up for miles because only one lane was open for the investigation.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

Comments (7)
  1. Adam says:

    Matt, you are an IDIOT, with a statement like that, to bad it wasn’t you that got hit. I’d say your a Moron, but they know right from wrong

  2. maybe_I_am_wrong says:

    I always thought the construction companies are paying for the police details.

    1. A says:

      They do, but don’t you think that they add that cost to the bill, which in turn is passed to the city, which in turn is passed on to ???? – correct – the taxpayers

    2. Kenneth says:

      The construction companies do pay for the police details.

    3. B says:

      They are, but ask yourself this

      Are the construction companies fronting that money out of their own good will or do they add it to the bill ?

      Cause if they add it, it is a bill for the city and any bill for the city is a bill for the taxpayers, i.e. you most certainly pay for police details

    4. Frank says:

      it depends on the job if its a private sector job then the company pays for it. If its a mass DOT job then they are essentially paying for it and if its a hired contractor working for a town or city then said city or town usually provides the police detail. Most companies still use and prefer the police detail and the majority of jobs using the civilian flaggers are only mass DOT jobs.

  3. tsal says:

    Amazing – absolutely amazing. A police officer is hurt while doing his job and there are comments that range from being better to hurt a civilian to who pays for disability. Maybe amazing isn’t the correct word. Revolting sums it up far better.

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