OC Cops Injured After Rear-End Collision

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OCEAN CITY — Two Ocean City Police officers were injured last weekend when their police cruiser was struck from behind by a commercial box truck on Coastal Highway at 84th Street.

Around 11:35 a.m. on Saturday, a marked OCPD vehicle with two officers inside was traveling south on Coastal Highway in stop-and-go traffic near 84th Street. A commercial vehicle, described as a “Bethany Resort Furnishings” box truck failed to stop, causing the truck to strike the rear of the marked police vehicle. The collision caused a chain reaction accident involving a total of four vehicles.

The two officers inside, who have not been identified, were treated at the scene by Ocean City EMS and were transported to Atlantic General Hospital for injuries not believed to be life threatening. Both officers have since been released from the hospital, but will not return to duty for several days. The police vehicle involved sustained a significant amount of damage and has been taken out of service.

The three other vehicles involved were not significantly damaged and could be driven from the scene. No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

The driver of the box truck, identified as John Clifton Truitt, 33, of Salisbury, has been charged with failing to control speed to avoid a collision, negligent driving and failing to have a valid medical certificate, which is a commercial driver code violation.

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