OPP officer hurt after rammed by stolen vehicle near Lancaster

Update 8:39 a.m. Monday: Stolen trucks abandoned after one rams OPP cruiser

LANCASTER – An SD&G OPP officer has been flown to an Ottawa hospital with serious injuries after trying to stop a stolen vehicle Sunday morning.

Police say the officer tried to stop a black pickup truck around 9 a.m. when the driver rammed the cruiser.

It happened in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Lancaster off-ramp.

The cruiser rolled over in the ditch and struck a culvert, police said.

An Ornge air ambulance took the officer to hospital with what are described as serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Acting Sgt. Erin Cranton told Cornwall Newswatch she was not able to identify the officer at this point in the investigation.

The officer was alert and speaking, Cranton explained. As of Monday afternoon, the officer had been released from hospital.

The right lane of Highway 401 eastbound and the ramps at Lancaster are closed for an investigation.

Speaking with CNW around 2:30 p.m., Cranton anticipated the lane would be closed for a few more hours.

As for the pickup truck, Cranton said the only description at this point is the colour is black but was not able to confirm what type of damage there would be to the truck.