SD&G O.P.P. cruiser hit on Highway 401

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – An SD&G O.P.P. officer was lucky they weren’t in their cruiser when a car slammed into it on Highway 401 Saturday morning.

The officer was working on the westbound lanes of the highway, redirecting traffic, where a crash had happened and a fire truck had rolled over responding to the accident.

Police say a vehicle lost control and hit the O.P.P. cruiser, slightly injuring a female passenger in the car that lost control.

The cruiser had been positioned to alert oncoming traffic to the detour.

The driver – a 31-year-old man from Mirabel, Que. – has been charged with driving without insurance, driving without a licence, driving without a licence permit and failing to notify a chance of address.

First responders had been dealing with a number of crashes on the stretch of highway from Bainsville to Lancaster Saturday morning.

“It is imperative that motorists reduce speeds during adverse weather conditions and drive cautiously leaving ample stopping distance between vehicles. They should also be cognizant of emergency vehicles and personnel on duty … our lives depend on it!,” Const. Joel Doiron said.