A Bel Air Police Department officer was seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while directing traffic around the scene of a small kitchen fire Wednesday afternoon.
According to Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association spokesman Rich Gardiner, the officer, whose identity was not immediately available, was directing traffic in the area of Nichols Street and Broadway in Bel Air as firefighters responded to the scene of an apartment fire when they were struck by a vehicle.
The officer was airlifted with non-life-threatening but serious injuries to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Gardiner said. According to Bel Air police, the driver of the vehicle was issued several citations. The small fire in the nearby apartment was caused by unattended food on the stove.
From the Bel Air Police Department:
On Nov. 20, 2013 at approximately 3:53 p.m. a member of the Bel Air Police Department was struck by a vehicle. This officer was directing traffic at the scene of a kitchen fire on Nichols Street in Bel Air, near the Ma & Pa Trail parking lot. The officer is a 6-year veteran of the Bel Air Police Department and served in Baltimore City prior to that. Our officer suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma via Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter.
Investigation of the accident is being conducted by Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barracks. The driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic citations.
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