Cop in 'pooh' truck crash
The sole-charge police officer at the country's northernmost station was lucky to walk away from a car smash this morning.
Senior Constable Tracee Knowler has been at the Houhora station for just over a year and looks after a large chunk of the rural Far North.
She was the first Northland cop to use Facebook as a crimefighting tool and regularly posts about unsolved cases and trends she notices while on the beat.
In the last few months she has taken to the social media site to push messages about road safety during the summer holidays. However, today she almost became one of the tragic statistics.
This afternoon she posted a message telling her 1500 followers about a crash with a sewage truck, which saw the front end of her Holden vehicle seriously damaged.
"I really am extremely lucky/thankful to get off with a few bumps, bruises and stitches in my knee," Knowler wrote.
"It just goes to prove what I have said a few times on here before: it can happen to anybody at any time."
She thanked members of the public who came to her aid and paid tribute to her vehicle's safety features.
Knowler confirmed the Independent Police Conduct Authority had been onsite to investigate the incident, as was the case with all collisions involving police.
There was no indication as to who was at fault.
The police officer said she had seen the truck driver undergoing X-rays and scans but the driver did not appear to be seriously hurt.
"On the lighter side it could have been much worse – the other vehicle was a 'pooh' truck – imagine that mess had it spilt [sic]/burst!!" Knowler wrote.
Police were unavailable to comment on the incident.