On Tuesday, a Mesa Police officer was critically injured while he was attempting to prevent motorists on US 60 near the 48th Street overpass, from hitting a ladder that was blocking the roadway.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the officer activated the emergency lights of his patrol car and stopped to prevent traffic from striking the ladder. Before the officer could exit his vehicle, a driver of an SUV, failed to stop and rear-ended the patrol car. The collision caused the patrol vehicle to rotate and travel across three lanes of traffic into the right emergency lane. The SUV rolled onto its left side, partially blocking the middle lanes.
The driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital for her injuries.
The Mesa Police officer sustained critical injuries and was transported to a local hospital.