Dublin, CA - Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Foley has been placed on life support after an early morning strike from a prisoner transport bus on Wednesday. Officials have said weather conditions and limited visibility may have been the cause of the accident.
Around 6:08 AM, deputies were preparing for prisoner transportation to the court in Oakland from the Santa Rita jail. One driver was reportedly leaving the transportation yard behind the jail to pick up packed lunches for the prisoners when they struck 60-year-old Deputy Mike Foley, an 8-year veteran of the department.
The driver of the bus, a fellow deputy, has been devastated by the incident. According to the deputy, he did not see Foley when the accident occurred. He will be placed on administrative leave through the investigation.
Foley's head hit the pavement during the accident and shortly afterwards he stopped talking. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, where his son flew in to be with him. Initial reports indicate that the hospital he was taken to did not have functioning CAT scan equipment. Foley is now at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he has been placed on life support in critical condition. Doctors are working to reduce the swelling on his brain, according to ABC7.
Mike Foley was a 30-year veteran of the Concord Police Department before he retired and joined the Sheriff's Department. The 60-year-old has been described as a hard-worker who often volunteered to fill in and work overtime.
Sheriff Gregory Ahern has called it a tragic accident. "It's tragic, terrible, just an awful experience," he said.
Alameda County Sheriff's Sergeant J.D. Nelson. said of the driver, "He had just started the bus. It was the very start of his day and was pulling out of his spot where they park the bus and that’s where he struck the deputy who was walking. It was dark and I’m sure there is condensation on the windows,” he said. “It’s an accident. He just didn’t see him.”
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