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Knox cruiser and car collide on Route 17

By Stephen Betts | Jan 09, 2020

A Knox County cruiser and a car collided Thursday morning near the turnoff by Chickawaukie Lake.

The crash occurred at 7:40 a.m. near the Rockport/Rockland line Jan. 9 as Deputy Sam Butler was heading east in a line of traffic, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Patrick Polky.

At the same time, a pick-up truck with a plow was heading west away from Rockland and had passed a tractor trailer, forcing other vehicles to pull off the road to avoid being struck.

The deputy turned on the blue lights to the cruiser and checked for traffic and attempted to turn around to pursue the vehicle, Polky said. But he was struck on the front side of the cruiser as he was turning by a car also heading east.

Neither the deputy nor the driver of the car were injured.

Polky said Maine State Police are investigating the crash. He said one thing being looked at is whether the vehicle that struck the cruiser had passed other cars that had stopped behind the cruiser when it was turning.

The cruiser was one of the department's oldest vehicles -- three to four years old. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Polky said the insurance carrier will determine whether the cruiser will be repaired but the on-site view was that it was not totaled.

Police were not able to locate the pick-up truck that the deputy was attempting to pursue.

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