© Jonathan Riley
No one was hurt when an RCMP vehicle and a pick up collided in Barton just before 10 a.m this morning.
An RCMP officer was attempting to make a u-turn with his emergency lights on, when he collided with a pick up truck in Barton yesterday, Friday, Jan. 17.
[Video from the scene of the collision Friday, Jan. 17]
Digby RCMP issued a press release today about the collision that occurred about 9:30 a.m. yesterday on Hwy 1 about 500 metres east of the Barton School.
The officer and the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck were both travelling westbound.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the marked police vehicle, while making a U-turn with emergency lights activated, was struck from behind,” reads the press release.
Based on visible damage to the RCMP cruiser, it appears he was hit near the drivers side front wheel.
Witnesses who came by shortly after the accident say the truck was damaged on the passengers side.
The accident happened just around a slight turn and as the road starts to descend into a dip in the road, both of which limit sight planes.
The 26-year-old Digby RCMP officer and the 38-year-old female driver were the only occupants involved.
The officer was taken to Digby General Hospital as a precaution and later released. The female driver was not injured.
Traffic was reduced to one lane for about an hour while RCMP investigated the collision and waited for a tow-truck to remove the disabled RCMP cruiser.
Transportation personnel were directing traffic and a crew from the Brighton Barton Fire Department were also at the scene.
Judging by tracks the truck went in and out of the ditch on the south side of the highway.
The RCMP cruiser was sitting diagonally on the highway on the eastbound lane but pointing halfway between west and the northern ditch.
The press release said both vehicles sustained extensive damage and the matter is still under investigation.