In­jured on the job

RCMP of­fi­cer re­cov­er­ing at home af­ter be­ing hit by truck

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

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.”

COLIN MA­CLEAN/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

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.

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