GENESEO – A van rear-ended and badly damaged a Geneseo Police car Friday afternoon on Rte. 63 (Mount Morris Road), then ran off the road and down an embankment.
According to first responders on scene, the police officer was on Mount Morris Road when he turned on his emergency lights and tried to turn into the oncoming lane. The van, carrying at least three passengers, collided with his rear and ran off the road at about 4:42 p.m.
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No one was injured in the incident.
Multiple airbags deployed in the police car but none deployed in the van.
New York State Police are heading the investigation. Their investigation is currently ongoing and no traffic traffic tickets were issued at the scene.
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian said that a damage assessment will be completed over the next week. The car is a 2014 Ford that was recently purchased by the police department.
Traffic on Mount Morris Road and Rte. 20 A (Lakeville Road) was backed up for an hour in each direction while first responders were on scene. Bumper to bumper traffic extended to Applebees, about 2 miles away.
Firefighters and ambulance crews with Geneseo Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene, alongside the Geneseo Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, University Police Department, and New York State Police.