NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Metro police captain was injured in a construction zone crash early Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at about 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 24 West between Old Hickory Boulevard and Hickory Hollow Parkway.
Capt. Terrence Graves was off-duty working for LoJack Construction warning drivers of a construction zone.
While he was working, a female driver rear ended his police cruiser.
Crews had to use “Jaws of Life” to extract the woman from her car.
Capt. Graves suffered neck and back injuries.
Both the female driver and Capt. Graves were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Both were listed in stable condition and are expected to be okay.
Police said any driver should have been able to see Capt. Graves, considering the nature of the job.
“We take the precaution of only using marked vehicles for these types of assignments,” explained Metro police Capt. Chris Taylor. “The officers are required to wear vests like I have, even during daylight hours have traffic wands with them and on a semi fixed post, like Capt. Graves was on, their blue lights are activated the entire time.”
Police said the preliminary investigation shows alcohol may have been a factor.
It also does not appear the driver tried to use her breaks or avoid the officer.
Charges could be pending, police said.