SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 29, 2014

Beverly cruiser crash

Injured officer extricated after three-car accident

BY PAUL LEIGHTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — A Beverly police officer had to be extricated from his cruiser with the Jaws of Life after an accident at the corner of Rantoul and Elliott streets yesterday afternoon.

Officer Joshua Pickett, 37, was conscious and alert after the accident and was taken to Beverly Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police Chief John LeLacheur said. Pickett was being held overnight in the hospital for observation.

The driver of the other vehicle was also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said. Police said the driver was a woman but did not give her name.

LeLacheur said the police officer was responding to an alarm call with the cruiser’s lights flashing and siren sounding when he approached the intersection of Rantoul and Elliott streets, a major intersection of routes 1A and 62, about 2:20 p.m.

LeLacheur said the officer, who was driving south on Rantoul Street, stopped his cruiser at the red light to check for vehicles, then began to proceed when the cruiser was struck by a car driving east on Elliott Street.

LeLacheur said the other vehicle was traveling in the right-turn lane on Elliott Street but drove straight through the intersection and hit the cruiser.

A third vehicle was also hit, but the driver was not injured, the police chief said.

Personnel from the Beverly Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to peel off the roof the cruiser and remove the injured officer.

Beverly Police Department spokesman Officer Mike Boccuzzi said the name of the other driver will not be released until a preliminary investigation is completed.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.