Injured on the job
RCMP officer recovering at home after being hit by truck
RCMP Const. Frank Stevenson was resting at home Wednesday after being hit by a truck while responding to a call Tuesday on the Blue Shank Road in Wilmot Valley.
He was taken to Prince County Hospital in Summerside, kept overnight for observation, and released Wednesday.
RCMP Sgt. Darrell Gill said his fellow officer had been in contact with his colleagues and was sore, but otherwise OK and in good spirits.
The crash, which occurred around 5 p.m., forced the closure of a section of the road for several hours as an accident reconstructionist examined the scene. The road reopened after 10 p.m.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and no charges have been laid. However, Gill was able to provide a timeline of what happened to Stevenson.
The situation started in the late afternoon when an RCMP officer was travelling on the Blue Shank Road on the way to a night shift at the East Prince RCMP detachment in North Bedeque. The officer came across an incident in Wilmot Valley that prompted them to call dispatch for on-duty backup. Gill declined to say what that incident was.
When Stevenson arrived, he turned on his vehicle’s emergency lights and stepped out onto the road. Meanwhile, a pickup truck was coming towards the parked police cruiser.
Stevenson, standing next to his vehicle, started gesturing for the truck to slow down, but it did not do so fast enough.
The officer turned to try and get out of the way, but the truck hit him from behind. He was thrown over the hood of his cruiser and into the ditch.
Stevenson received help from not only the off-duty officer, who had called in the original incident, but also two other off-duty RCMP officers vacationing from British Columbia, who happened to be passing by. Other motorists also stopped to help.
Summerside Police Service was called for assistance and an Island EMS ambulance took Stevenson to Prince County Hospital.
Gill said the RCMP is using the incident to remind the public to slow down when they see flashing lights.
“People need to realize that if there are emergency vehicles on the roadway with their lights on that they need to slow and be aware that there is something going on,” said Gill.
“Just slow it down and pay attention to what the police officer is directing them to do.”
Access to a large section of the Blue Shank Road near Summerside was cut off for several hours Tuesday evening due to a motor-vehicle collision.