Police officer, motorist injured in Bristol rockslide Wednesday morning

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) – Two people were injured, including a police officer, after a rockslide Wednesday morning. 

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. on Raytheon Road near the solid waste station. 

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Bristol police officer was traveling south on Raytheon when he came upon rocks in the road and activated his emergency lights to warn motorists. THP says a Cadillac Escalade traveling north struck the boulders, went airborne, and crashed into the BPD cruiser. 

The Cadillac came to rest on its driver’s side, troopers say. 

The officer, 39-year-old Michael Rutledge, and motorist, 71-year-old Betty Gross of Bluff City, were taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center. 

Bristol police say the officer’s injuries are believed to be minor. 

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