A call went out to police in a South Carolina city that a possibly stolen pickup truck and trailer was abandoned near a home improvement store. Of the officers that were responding to the call, two of them ended up being injured on the job when their patrol cars collided. Both officers were taken to area hospitals from which one of them was later released.
The accident occurred in Beaufort on S.C. 170 shortly after 5 a.m. Troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol report that it appears one of the officers attempted to make a U-turn that put his patrol car directly in the path of another patrol car that was also responding to the call. The force of the collision trapped the 32-year-old officer who was making the U-turn in his vehicle. Emergency personnel removed the roof of the patrol car in order to get to him.
Both of the patrol cars involved are beyond repair. Troopers are not yet sure what factors — such as speed — may have contributed to the crash. The Beaufort Police Department indicated that it would await the outcome of the investigation to determine what actions, if any, need to be taken as a result.
In the meantime, it is unclear whether either officer will be able to return to work anytime soon. Even though the 30-year-old officer was released from the hospital, that does not mean that he can return to duty. Both men are likely eligible for workers’ compensationbenefits. These benefits can cover medical expenses related to their recovery, assist with any loss of income and any other benefits to which each officer may be entitled as a result of being injured on the job.
Source: islandpacket.com, “2 Beaufort police officers hospitalized after early-morning wreck“, Erin Moody, Oct. 3, 2014
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.