Two Ipswich police officers working a traffic detail on Tuesday morning in Hamilton were injured when they were struck by a vehicle, according to Hamilton police.
One of the officers, Ipswich Police Officer Zachary Bird, suffered serious injuries to his “lower extremities,” according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes. The second officer, Ipswich Police Officer David Harrell, was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.
It happened at 10:03 a.m. on Tuesday when Harrell radioed into the Hamilton Communications Center reporting he had been struck by a motor vehicle on Bay Road south of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and just north of Ortins Road. Both officers were standing on the side of the road when they were struck by a vehicle headed northbound. The vehicle then also struck the rear of one of the officers’ parked personal vehicles.
Hamilton Police Department, Fire Department and Beauport Ambulance responded to the scene.
Officers Harrell and Bird were transported to the Beverly Hospital to be treated for their injuries. The vehicle involved in the crash was driven by a 23-year-old man from Salem, Janes said. He was taken to the hospital to be treated, Janes said.
The incident is under investigation by the Hamilton Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.