OFFICERS from Avon & Somerset Constabulary were called at 0134 hours today (29th Jan) to the A38 Bristol Road in Rooksbridge (Axbridge) to reports of a one vehicle road traffic collision involving an officer in a marked police vehicle.
Caroline Peters, Head of Tri-Force Specialist Operations, said:
“Our thoughts are with our officer and his family and we’re supporting them and our colleagues through this difficult time.”
The officer was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by the Fire and Rescue Service.
An air ambulance was also in attendance and the officer was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Two police dogs, who were also in the vehicle at the time of the collision, were also taken straight to a veterinary hospital.
They were checked and found not to have suffered any injuries.
The A38 Bristol Road was closed between Tarnock Garage and Chapel Road.
The road has now been reopened.
Andy Roebuck, Avon & Somerset Police Federation Chairman said:
“One of our officers is seriously injured after a road traffic collision.
“Our thoughts are with him and his family. I’ve been working with Chief Constable Marsh and PFEW Chairman from the early hours.
‘The Police family has really mobilised”.
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