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York Regional Police are warning drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles after an officer was injured earlier this week when a car ran into the back of a stopped police cruiser in Richmond Hill. The officer, with the Traffic Enforcement Unit, was seated inside an unmarked cruiser with emergency lights activated in the right lane of Hwy. 7 east of Hunters Point Drive after stopping another vehicle at 2:45 p.m. Monday .
The police cruiser was struck from behind by a Honda CRV and the force of the collision pushed the cruiser into an Audi Q5 that had initially been stopped by the officer. All three drivers, including the police officer, were taken to hospital suffering from non-life-threatening injuries. All have since been released. Hwy. 7 was closed in both directions from Bathurst Street to Yonge Street for several hours after the collision.
The investigation is ongoing and any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police are being asked to come forward. Sgt. Andy Pattendon reminded drivers this week that the law requires them to slow down and pass with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle or a tow truck with its amber lights flashing and stopped facing the same direction you are going.
“If the road has two or more lanes, you must leave a lane of space between you and the emergency vehicle, if you can do so safely,” he said. Drivers can be charged if they fail to do so, and face penalties for a first offence ranging from to three demerit points upon conviction and possible suspension of driver’s licence for up to two years.
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