Gill Police Department without third cruiser following accident

  • Gill Police Chief Christopher Redmond’s cruiser was rear-ended Thursday morning while he was waiting to turn onto Turners Falls Road in Bernardston. Courtesy photo/Gill Police Department

  • This four-door sedan containing two female occupants rear-ended Gill Police Chief Christopher Redmond’s cruiser on Thursday morning. Courtesy photo/Gill Police Department

Staff Writer
Published: 12/2/2021 4:22:12 PM

GILL — Police Chief Christopher Redmond sustained very minor injuries after a vehicle rear-ended his cruiser Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at 8:42 a.m. as Redmond was patrolling the Route 10 area. Redmond recounted that the other vehicle, a four-door sedan containing two female occupants, hit his cruiser as he was waiting to turn left onto Turners Falls Road in Bernardston.

The occupants were transported by Northfield EMS to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield after Redmond rendered aid at the scene. The severity of the occupants’ injuries is unknown.

While Redmond’s cruiser sustained significant damage to the rear, he said he was not hurt and feels fine. He declined medical attention.

“I got a little small scratch, but that was about it,” he said.

While the Gill Police Department will not investigate the incident itself due to issues of impartiality, Redmond said he anticipates the driver will face charges following an investigation by Massachusetts State Police.

“Preliminary reports indicate the driver of the second vehicle did not use care in stopping, causing the collision with the police cruiser,” a post on the Gill Police Department’s Facebook page reads. “A witness also reported the second vehicle was operating erratically prior to the crash.”

Requests for more information from State Police were not returned by press time.

Gill is insured by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) and will make a claim. Redmond said a “lengthy” appraisal process will ensue as the town looks to replace the cruiser.

“The biggest impact of us being a small community is that we only had three cars,” he said, “and now we only have two.”

Redmond said this was the first accident he’s gotten into in his 33 years on the force. He said the last accident that involved a Gill police cruiser occurred in 2018, with no other major accidents occurring since the 1990s.

“One of our cruisers got totaled when a car crossed over the center line in inclement weather,” he noted.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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