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Injured Massachusetts police officer comes to aid of motorist after high speed head-on crash



Photos courtesy of Northampton Police

An injured Massachusetts police officer sprung into action this weekend after a serious crash injured him.

According to Northampton Police, at 11:27 p.m. Saturday night, Ofc. Knowlton was on patrol headed west on Rocky Hill Road (Rt.66) when he observed a vehicle headed eastbound towards him.

The vehicle was clocked on radar going over 70 MPH in a 35 MPH zone.

As the vehicle neared Ofc. Knowlton, it crossed the double yellow lines entering his lane and struck his cruiser as he attempted to avoid the collision.

Ofc. Knowlton, with a broken leg, cut himself out of his seatbelt and climbed out of the driver’s side window to render aid to the other motorist. The other driver was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered serious injuries.

The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Both Ofc. Knowlton and the other driver were transported by Northampton Fire Rescue to Baystate Hospital for their injuries.

Northampton Police are not releasing the name of the other driver, but criminal charges are pending.

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