UPDATE: 2:16 p.m.: New details have emerged about a crash in Groton on Sunday involving a Groton police officer.

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According to a report form WHCU, the officer was driving down Route 222, responding to an emergency call when he struck the rear end of a vehicle that was turning onto Williams Street.

Following the collision, the patrol car went off the road and struck the pole.

According to the WHCU report, initial reports that the officer was injured were inaccurate — it was the driver of the other vehicle who was taken to Cayuga Medical Center. The other drivers injuries were not life-threatening. The officer did not seek treatment.

The scene of the accident. The other driver was turning onto Williams Street, on the left. The pole the officer struck can be seen on the right, near the wooden fence.

Earlier —

GROTON, NY – A Groton police officer was taken to the hospital on Sunday after his patrol car collided with a utility pole.

The accident occurred around 3:00 p.m, according to a report on Syracuse.com. It’s unclear the extent of the officer injuries. A post on the Tompkins Emergency Department of Emergency Response Facebook indicated that the injuries were not severe.

According to a Tompkins County dispatcher, the crash knocked out phone service to the Groton Police Department. They could not be reached for further details at this time.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s department and Groton Fire Department assisted the Groton Police, according to the Syracuse.com report. Electrical workers were also dispatched to fix the utility pole.

Roads were shut down for several hours, according to the Tompkins Department of Emergency Response.

(Photo courtesy Vicki Leubner Dann.)

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Michael Smith

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