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Vehicle plows into OPP cruiser on Hwy. 404 in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Last Updated Sep 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm EDT

Damage to an OPP cruiser after a crash on Highway 404 in Whitchurch-Stouffville on Sept. 16, 2017. TWITTER/Sgt. Kerry Schmidt

An OPP officer was taken to hospital after a vehicle plowed into the back of his cruiser as it was stopped for an investigation on Highway 404 in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Around 2:40 a.m. Saturday, the officer was sitting in his cruiser — which was parked in a lane near Bethesda Side Road with its emergency lights flashing — when a distracted driver hit the back of the cruiser, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

The officer was treated in hospital for minor injuries and released.

There were several other officers at the scene, but they weren’t hurt.

Schmidt is reminding drivers to slow down and move over when they see stopped emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, and tow trucks with their lights flashing.

It would be courteous to do the same for any vehicle stopped at the side of the road, he added.

“It certainly could have been a lot worse had an officer been outside his vehicle … It could have been a much worse outcome,” he said.

“You are in control of your vehicle and that is a bullet that’s flying down the highway that can cause serious or fatal injuries.”