The Trooper was en route to assist another officer when the accident occurred. Both vehicles had significant front end damage and were towed from the scene.

Trooper Saucier was operating his 2010 Ford Crown Victoria with his emergency lights on. He was responding to another Trooper who was dealing with an uncooperative male known to be violent towards law enforcement, said police.

Mane State Police

Trooper Saucier was traveling South on Route 212 and slowed at the intersection of Route 2. Saucier did not see any approaching vehicles due to the glaring sun and proceeded into the intersection, police said.

Thomas Ewing was traveling East on Route 2 in his 2008 Dodge Van and did not see the cruiser. Trooper Saucier swerved to avoid Ewing, but was unable to avoid the collision.

84-year-old Judith Ewing was a passenger with her husband in the van. Thomas bumped his head and complained of pain, but refused medical attention and Judith was not injured in the crash, according to the police.