TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Topsham police officer was involved in a crash this morning that sent the other driver to the hospital.
According to Maine State Police, Officer Donald Cowles was driving east on Route 196 on his way to assist at an earlier crash around 11:30 a.m. At the sight of his flashing sirens, the van in front of him pulled over into the breakdown lane allowing Cowles to pass. But instead of coming to a full stop, the van veered back into the travel lane as soon as Officer Cowles had driven by. At the same time, Cowles attempted to make a U-turn and the two vehicles collided.
The driver of the van was 79-year-old Nancy Bishop-Barry from Massachusetts. State Police say she was taken to Maine Medical Center to be treated for a broken back and cracked ribs.
However, those injuries were NOT considered to be life threatening. Officer Cowles was not hurt in the crash.
State Police say they have no plans to file charges in this case. But they would like to remind all drivers that when they see a police unit approaching, it is important for everyone’s safety to pull over and come to a complete stop.
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