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Brooksville officer injured in wreck released from hospital

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville Police officer injured in a multi-vehicle collision on Tuesday morning has been released from the hospital, according to Chief George Turner.

Meredith Blackman was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point after her patrol vehicle was struck behind by a pickup truck and had been in stable condition. Three others suffered minor injuries in the six-vehicle chain-reaction crash. They all have since been released.

The crash happened about 8 a.m. on Broad Street near Main Street in downtown Brooksville.

Blackman's marked Ford Crown Victoria was stopped at a traffic signal behind four other vehicles in the eastbound lane of Broad when a Ford F-150 driven by Catlin Joseph Nichols, 25, slammed into the rear of the vehicle at about 40 mph. Authorities said he did not brake.

Nichols, who lives in the town of Hernando in Citrus County, had been working the night shift and fell asleep at the wheel, which caused the collision, according to Brooksville police. He was cited for careless driving.

Brooksville officer injured in wreck released from hospital 05/14/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:50pm]
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