Two Rock County Sheriff’s Office squad cars were damaged when one stuck the other while responding to a possible traffic incident Wednesday night.
The deputies were called to the Highway 26 bypass near County Road N at 11 p.m. for a report of a motorcycle on the side of the road and a man lying in the roadway.
Investigators said the first deputy was traveling north on Highway 26 in the left lane in emergency mode when the motorcyclist was spotted and the deputy attempted to pull over.
A second deputy was traveling 500 feet behind the first squad car in emergency mode when the first squad car slowed, according to investigators. The second deputy tried to avoid rear-ending the first squad car and sideswiped the first squad car’s passenger side before veering off the road and into a ditch on the right side of the road.
"The two squads collided in a sideswipe manner and the one squad then struck the guardrail and eventually went down a steep embankment," said Capt. Jude Maurer with the Rock County Sheriff's Office. "Because of that evasive action, the deputy that was coming to assist in the call also had to take evasive action and as a result of both taking evasive action, the two squads collided in a sideswiped-type manner."
The driver’s side door on the second squad car had to be pried opened by Milton firefighters. The deputy driving the second squad car was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center as a precaution.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.
"The motorcycle was experiencing some issues with the engine and decided to stop along the roadway. During the process of stopping, they also decided to take a rest, which cast the appearance to the passerby that there was a motorcycle accident," Maurer said.