TAUNTON (CBS) – Two police officers in Taunton were hit by a car after they responded to a separate crash Friday night.

A pickup truck had knocked out the signal lights at Route 140 and Taunton Depot Drive at about 6:00 p.m. The officers were investigating when they said a woman in a Volkswagen Beetle drove through the crash scene and hit the officers.

Two Taunton Police officers were injured in a crash on Route 140 (WBZ-TV)

One officer was taken to a local hospital and the other was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Their injuries are serious but not believed to be life-threatening. Both have since been released, Taunton Police Cheif Edward Walsh told the Associated Press.

Taunton Police are reminding drivers to move over when they see a construction site or emergency vehicle on the side of the road. “We just need everyone to try to slow down and be safe around any types of hazards they see in the roadway,” Taunton Police Lt. Eric Nichols said.

The driver of the Volkswagen was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

  1. JOHN J DUMAS says:

    Police should have reflective “threads” (stripes get hot) in their uniforms. Also, sunrise and set can have blinding effects in some places. Also, the nature of the situation can be highly distracting for everyone.

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