LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – An officer and driver of a dump truck were taken to the hospital following a low-speed car chase from Ludlow to Indian Orchard Thursday afternoon.
According to Ludlow Police Chief Daniel Valadas, dispatchers received a call around 1:52 p.m. for a report of an erratic vehicle around East and Miller Streets. The caller claimed the driver of a dump truck was crossing over into the other side of traffic.
A Ludlow Police Sergeant located the dump truck on East Street near the intersection of Harland Street and attempted to stop it but the driver continued west down East Street. A low-speed chase began, with speeds only reaching up the to mid-20s and yielding to traffic lights, according to Chief Valadas. The dump truck was driving on the opposite side of the road and swiped two vehicles and a utility pole.
The Sergeant stated that as the dump truck driver drove over the Putts Bridge into Indian Orchard, he encountered a large amount of traffic and was unable to go forward. The Sergeant was able to break the window and put the vehicle into park.
The driver, only described as a middle-aged man, was removed from the vehicle and was experiencing a medical event. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center by ambulance. The Sergeant was also taken to the hospital for a laceration on his forearm.
Ludlow police were assisted by State and Springfield Police. At this time, charges are still pending.