One person was airlifted to the hospital as the result of a multi-vehicle accident involving a Mount Olive police officer Thursday afternoon, authorities said.


According to a press release from the Mount Olive Police Department, Lt. Philip Lucivero was traveling north on River Road in Flanders at 12:42 p.m. Thursday when he observed an erratic vehicle traveling southbound. The vehicle struck a northbound vehicle in front of Lucivero, veered back into its lane of travel and again moved into the opposite lane, colliding head-on with the lieutenant’s police vehicle.


The driver of the erratic vehicle, whose name has not been released, was extricated from the vehicle with the jaws of life and airlifted to Morristown Medical Center. The driver’s condition is was not immediately known.


Lucivero was transported to Morristown for evaluation of treatment of injuries that are not considered serious, according to the release. There were no reported injuries to the driver and two passengers of the vehicle struck in front of Lucivero.


The accident is being investigated by the Mount Olive Police Department; the major crimes unit and homicide unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office; and the Morris County Sheriff’s Department Reconstruction Team. Fire departments and First Aid squads from Flanders and Budd Lake assisted at the accident scene along with Atlantic Ambulance.


The cause of the accident remains under investigation.