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Old 09-10-2005, 05:33   #1 (permalink)
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Officer Hurt in Crash

Officer hurt in crash
By Kristen Bradley / Daily News Staff
Thursday, September 8, 2005

MARLBOROUGH -- A Marlborough police officer rushing to help a man having a seizure was seriously injured early yesterday morning after his police cruiser was broadsided by a car and sent smashing into a telephone pole.

Officer James Gough, 38, a member of the Marlborough Police Department for five years, was taken by helicopter to UMass Medical Center in Worcester with head trauma, skull lacerations, two broken ankles and a broken wrist, according to Marlborough Police Chief Mark Leonard.


Gough was listed in serious condition last night, according to a nursing supervisor. Leonard said Gough was expected to undergo ankle and wrist surgery either last night or sometime early today.

"He's going to be OK, but he has a long road ahead of him," Leonard said.

Around 7:30 yesterday morning, Leonard said a 911 dispatch call came into the station reporting that a man was having a seizure inside his car, Leonard said.

Gough was dispatched to the scene and was traveling south on Bolton Street (Rte. 85) with his blue lights and emergency siren on, Leonard said.

After passing the Texaco gas station on his left, Gough was continuing down Bolton Street when a Volkswagen Jetta shot out of Tremont Street on his right. Tremont Street is a small side road across the street from the gas station.

Leonard said the Jetta -- driven by 18-year-old Jason P. Collins of Marlborough -- smashed into the front righthand side of Gough's police cruiser, pushing the cruiser over the double yellow lines and onto the wrong side of the street. The cruiser then smashed into the sidewalk curb, went onto the sidewalk and into the telephone pole.

Leonard said Gough's cruiser sustained heavy damage, including a smashed windshield.

Collins was taken to Marlborough Hospital, where he was treated and released within hours, police said.

The Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Unit was called in to investigate, Leonard said. Whether speed was a factor is part of that investigation, Leonard said.

Leonard said the accident remains under investigation and currently there are no charges pending against Collins, a junior football player at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.

Yesterday, at his Tremont Street home, Collins was too upset to talk. But his mother, Moira Collins, said her son has been "so upset and feels so guilty."

Moira Collins said her son told her that he was at the bottom of Tremont Street for over five minutes yesterday morning, waiting to take a left-hand turn onto Rte. 85/Bolton Street. Finally, there was an opening in traffic and he took the turn, she said.

"He said he never saw the cruiser, he never heard anything or saw the lights because of the little corner and the bushes and the wall down there," she said.

At the base of Tremont Street is a 4-foot-high stone wall. Before coming to the stone wall, there is a slight curve on Rte. 85 southbound.

"He just keeps saying, 'That guy's in the hospital right now and I feel so guilty,'" Moira Collins said.

"My son said his car spun around a few times and when it stopped and he saw the police officer, he got out and ran to go help him...but that's when other people who had stopped told (my son) that he needed to sit down because he was in shock."

Gough, who is married, is the brother of Marlborough Police Detective Michael Gough. Last year, Michael Gough waged a battle against cancer, with fellow officers holding dozens of fund-raisers to help support Gough, his wife and three children. He is currently in remission and has returned to the police force full time.

Article online at MetroWestDailyNews.com

Police officer hurt on call in Marlboro

By Elaine Thompson TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
ethompson@telegram.com

MARLBORO— A Marlboro police officer on his way to aid a driver who was having a seizure ended up in the hospital yesterday with both ankles and a wrist broken after his siren-blaring cruiser crashed into a car that darted into its path.

Police Chief Mark Leonard said Patrolman James Gough was taken by ambulance to Marlboro Hospital, where a Life Flight helicopter flew him to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He said the officer suffered a head injury and fractures to both ankles and his right wrist.

“I went up briefly to see how he was doing. They were still working on him and evaluating him and running some tests. They were still checking things out,” the chief said in a telephone interview yesterday.

The accident happened at 7:32 a.m. The 38-year-old officer, who works the midnight-to-8.am.shift, was responding to a 911 call from a driver who was having a seizure at the intersection of Phelps Street and Route 20. The city’s medical emergency response includes a Fire Department truck, an ambulance and a police officer, the chief said.

The cruiser, with its emergency lights and siren activated, was traveling south on Bolton Street (Route 85), not far from the police station, when a Volkswagen Jetta pulled out of Tremont Street into the path of the cruiser, police said. The vehicles crashed and the cruiser then hit a telephone pole before it stopped.

The officer was able to call the Police Department for help. The driver of the Volkswagen, Jason P. Collins, 18, of 19 Bicknell Drive, Marlboro, was taken to Marlboro Hospital, where he was treated and released. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage, with the cruiser possibly destroyed.

Chief Leonard said charges are pending based on the outcome of an investigation by the state police accident reconstruction unit. The specialty unit generally is called whenever there is an accident with serious personal injuries. The state police also is often asked to investigate matters that involve a local police officer.

Chief Leonard said it is not known whether Officer Gough was wearing his seat belt.

“We’re not sure right now. That’s still under investigation,” the chief said. “We’ll talk to the state police and see what the reconstruction shows … put our witness statements together and go from there.”

Officer Gough joined the Police Department in June 1996, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Officer Michael J. Gough, a 16-year veteran.
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Old 09-10-2005, 05:38   #2 (permalink)
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Teen to be cited in crash that hurt cop
By Kristen Bradley / Daily News Staff
Friday, September 9, 2005

MARLBOROUGH -- The local teenager whose car broadsided a police cruiser on Rte. 85 Wednesday morning, seriously injuring an officer, will be cited for causing the crash, according to police.

Jason P. Collins, 18, a junior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, will be cited for failure to yield for an oncoming emergency vehicle and when making a turn at an intersection, according to Police Sgt. Thomas Bryant. Both are minor civil motor vehicle infractions, which could result in fines of $130, he said.

Five-year department veteran James Gough, 38, was listed in fair condition last night at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. According to Gough's brother -- Michael Gough, also a Marlborough police officer -- James underwent five hours of surgery on his ankles and wrist.

The accident left Gough with a broken wrist, two broken ankles and other injuries.

The State Police Accident Reconstruction team investigated the crash, determining the charges Collins will face. The investigation also found speed was not a factor and Gough was not wearing his seat belt.

Around 7:30 a.m., as he was finishing his shift, Gough was on his way to a call about a man who was having a seizure in his car.

The cruiser was traveling south on Bolton Street when Collin's Volkswagen Jetta pulled out of Tremont Street, according to police accounts. The Volkswagen collided with the cruiser's passenger side, pushing it onto the sidewalk and into a telephone pole. Gough's head struck the windshield.

Gough used his radio to call for help. Because he suffered head lacerations, paramedics, as a precaution, sent him by rescue helicopter to the hospital, police said.

Collins had been waiting to turn onto Bolton Street from the bottom of Tremont Street -- a small side street off Rte. 85. According to his mother, Moira Collins, he finally spotted a break in the traffic when the two cars collided. She said her son said he never heard sirens or saw the cruiser's flashing lights. Her son has been an distraught since the accident and feels much guilt, she said.

Article online at MetroWestDailyNews.com
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Marlborough cop wasn't wearing seat belt
By Kristen Bradley / Daily News Staff
Saturday, September 10, 2005

MARLBOROUGH -- James Gough -- the Marlborough Police officer seriously injured Wednesday in a car crash while on his way to an emergency call -- violated department policy by not wearing his seat belt.

"The department has a policy that officers are required to wear their seat belts," Police Chief Mark Leonard said yesterday. "That policy appears to have been violated.

Discipline for violating a department policy can range from a warning to termination, Leonard said.

Since 1994, officers have been required to wear seat belts when driving or riding in city vehicles, Leonard said.

"Police officers not wearing their seat belts certainly sends the wrong message to members of the public," Leonard said. "Obviously, for their own safety, it's in the people's best interest to wear their seat belts."

Gough, 38, remains in fair condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he was flown by rescue helicopter.

A five-year veteran of the force, Gough suffered two broken ankles and a fractured wrist. He underwent extensive surgery Thursday afternoon and night, according to his brother Michael Gough, also a Marlborough Police officer.

Gough was resting comfortably when reached by phone in his hospital room last night, diverting questions to his wife of just over a year, Jennifer.

"He's doing really well," Jennifer Gough said. "Everything is looking good. There were no internal injuries, just fractures and broken bones."

Jennifer Gough said she doesn't know how long her husband will be in the hospital but when he is released, he will face months of rehabilitation.

"It's been stressful but he's stable and we're doing OK," Jennifer Gough said. "He's doing better, much better. As good as can be expected."

It was Wednesday morning just before 7:30 a.m. when Gough was dispatched to a call reporting a man having a seizure inside his car somewhere off Rte. 20.

With his cruiser's sirens and lights blaring, Gough was traveling southbound on Bolton Street (Rte. 85) when a Volkswagen Jetta darted out of Tremont Street.

The Volkswagen broadsided the cruiser, pushing it onto the sidewalk and into a utility pole.

The driver, Jason P. Collins, 18, of Marlborough, has been cited for failure to yield for an oncoming emergency vehicle and failure to yield when making a turn at an intersection -- both civil motor vehicle infractions, according to Marlborough Police Sgt. Thomas Bryant. Bryant said Collins will probably face up to $130 in fines.

The Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Team investigated the crash, determining that speed was not a factor.

Article online at MetroWestDailyNews.com
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If you were paying attention, the kid said that he never heard any siren. There was a guy that broke down on Chandler St. just barely out of the way of Bolton St. morning traffic (literally 10 yards away from where the accident happened) right before the accident happened. When he got out of his car to see what happened to his car he could hear the siren but also could hear blasting music (most likely from the kids car). Unfortunately he goes to my school. He is a year older than me but a grade below me.

Luckily the officer will be ok and the City's policy on all medicals is they have a police officer, a fire truck and an ambulance responding. So the guy did get medical treatment.

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Officer begins rehab from crash
By Kristen Bradley / Daily News Staff
Tuesday, September 13, 2005

MARLBOROUGH -- The police officer seriously injured last week while en route to an emergency call has been released from a Worcester hospital and is undergoing rehabilitation at a Westborough facility.

Five-year Marlborough Police Officer James Gough, 38, broke both ankles, a wrist and suffered several lacerations to the head after the cruiser he was driving was broadsided by a car that darted into his path Wednesday morning.

Through it all, though, family, friends and colleagues said Gough remains in good spirits. His brother Michael Gough is also a Marlborough Police officer.

In an interview Friday night, Gough's wife, Jennifer, said her husband was doing as good as could be expected but acknowledged that he had weeks of rehab in front of him.

Gough is now recuperating at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough.

Gough -- on his way to a call about a man having a seizure -- was traveling south on Bolton Street (Rte. 85) when a Volkswagen Jetta pulled out of Tremont Street.

The Jetta smashed into the front right side of Gough's cruiser. The impact pushed Gough's car into a telephone pole. His head struck the windshield, shattering the glass.

The Volkswagen's driver, James P. Collins, 18, of Marlborough, was treated at Marlborough Hospital and released. Collins, a junior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, has been cited for failing to yield to an oncoming emergency vehicle and failing to yield at an intersection -- both civil infractions.

The Massachusetts State Police Reconstruction Team found that speed was not a factor and that Gough was not wearing a seat belt.

Department policy requires that officers wear seat belts, said Police Chief Mark Leonard.

Leonard said an investigation of the accident is secondary to Gough's well-being and recovery from his injuries.

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Ouch.
Well I am glad he is okay.

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The cruiser was a brand new one too and is totaled. So the City of Marlborough must not be too happy about that if they have to pay out of their pocket for another cruiser. Hopefully the kid is found at fault and his insurance will have to pay for the new cruiser.

The department is saying they are going to switch to Whelen LFL Liberty LED lightbars on the cars that need new lightbars. Can't tell when they plan on replacing this car and when they do if they are going to put new lightbar on it. The department usually uses a lightbar for a minimum of 5 years before replacing it. Lightbars on patrol cars, which that cruiser was, usually are used 6 years or 2 cars (patrol cars are replaced every three years). The only exception would be if the lightbar is damaged.

That's beside the fact. I thought with injuries such as his, he would be out for 6 months to a year at least. They are talking weeks. Extremely surprising considering he wasn't wearing a seatbelt and injuries sustained. One thing the newspapers didn't include was that he sustained a broken arm too.
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