Groton Town police cruiser, motorcycle involved in accident

Groton Town Police along with the Poquonnock Bridge, City of Groton and sub base fire departments work the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a Groton Town Police cruiser and a motorcycle at the intersection of Toll Gate Road and Route 12 in Groton Thursday afternoon April 26, 2012.  The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital by a sub base fire department ambulance.  Route 12 was shut down at the intersection while an investigation was conducted.
Groton Town Police along with the Poquonnock Bridge, City of Groton and sub base fire departments work the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a Groton Town Police cruiser and a motorcycle at the intersection of Toll Gate Road and Route 12 in Groton Thursday afternoon April 26, 2012. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital by a sub base fire department ambulance. Route 12 was shut down at the intersection while an investigation was conducted. Tim Cook/The Day

Groton — A crash involving a Groton Town police cruiser and a motorcycle Thursday afternoon shut down a portion of Route 12 for more than an hour and sent the motorcyclist to the hospital.

Police said the driver of the motorcycle, which appeared to be a red Honda Gold Wing, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The officer was not injured, police said.

The crash, at the intersection of Route 12 and Toll Gate Road, closed Route 12 from Pleasant Valley Road to Charter Oak Road for approximately an hour and a half.

The accident occurred around 4 p.m., just as a light rain began to fall. The motorcycle incurred minor damage, but the police cruiser’s front bumper fell off. Both vehicles were towed.

Police have yet to release details on how the crash occurred.

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