GPD officer involved in crash; no one injured

A Greenfield Police Department vehicle is hauled away after it was involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on East Main Street. The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of Wood Street. (Anne Smith | Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD – The Greenfield Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash involving one of its officers and another vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

Both drivers are OK, said Chuck McMichael, deputy chief and public information officer for the GPD.

According to a news release, the incident occurred around 12:40 p.m. Patrolman Ryan Chappell was on his way to the scene of a crash near the intersection of Apple Street and Park Avenue when a car pulled into his path. He was traveling east on Main Street with his emergency lights and siren activated, McMichael said.

Chappell swerved to the right and glanced off the passenger side of the car, McMichael said. Chappell’s vehicle continued over the curb and into the front porch of a nearby

The 2020 Dodge Durango sustained heavy front-end damage. Chappell was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the second vehicle was examined at the scene by paramedics from the Greenfield Fire Territory and released.

Investigating officers reported the driver was waved into traffic by another motorist and could not see or hear the approaching police vehicle due to heavy traffic, McMichael said.

“We appreciate the people that witnessed the crash and came to the aid of both drivers involved,” McMichael said.