Area police sergeant injured in crash

A Gainesville Police officer directs traffic around Cruse's patrol car Tuesday.

DARON DEAN/Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 12:37 a.m.

A High Springs Police sergeant was injured early Tuesday when the driver of a tractor-trailer ran a red light and hit the officer's patrol vehicle, Gainesville Police reported.

Ken Cruse, 50, was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center following the accident at University Avenue and Main Street shortly after 9 a.m., said Sgt. Keith Kameg of the Gainesville Police Department.

Cruse's injuries were not life-threatening, investigators reported, although the High Springs Police Department said he was admitted to the hospital.

The tractor-trailer hit the officer's car as Cruse was getting ready to turn left onto University Avenue off of Main Street. The truck, driven by Orlando Barton, 24, of Tampa, was heading east on University Avenue.

Cruse was going to the State Attorney's Office for a deposition, officials said.

The officer has been with the Police Department for about 10 years. Last year he served as acting chief for several weeks following the retirement of Chief Tom Wolfe and before Ray Kaminskas was named the department's new chief.

Barton will be charged with running a red light, Kameg said.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or

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