GREENFIELD — Police have passersby to thank for calling 911, after witnessing a two-car accident involving a Greenfield Police cruiser in front of Applebee’s Grill and Bar Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses reported that officer Jason Kratz, who was driving the police car, was knocked unconscious in the collision and wasn’t able to radio for help. Emergency crews were notified around 3:45 p.m.
“Upon investigation, it was determined that a vehicle traveling east on the Mohawk Trail attempted to turn left onto Miner Street, driving into Kratz, who was traveling west on the Mohawk Trail,” reports a post on the department’s Facebook page. The statement notes the other vehicle damaged the cruiser in the front driver’s side quarter panel.
While first responders had been dispatched and were on their way to the scene, Kratz “regained consciousness and was able to radio for the assistance of the Fire Department and ambulance,” the post continues.
Kratz, who’s been on the force since 1999, according to the Police Department’s website, was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with minor injuries. He was released a few hours later.
The statement adds, “we would like to thank the bystanders and witnesses of the accident who assisted the officer until our first responder units arrived.” The driver of the vehicle, who wasn’t identified in the post, that crashed into a cruiser was issued a civil citation.