A City of Madison police officer suffered facial injuries Monday evening when a tree fell on top of the utility terrain vehicle (UTV) he was driving on Bacon Ridge Road.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Josh Taylor, Capt. Dan Stephen was off-duty and riding his Polaris side-by-side on Bacon Ridge in Shelby Township when an ash tree — weakened by all the rain and wind — fell and crushed the roll cage over top of the vehicle, injuring Stephen.

Taylor called it an incident of being in the “wrong place, wrong time” and said damp weather was most likely a factor.

“With the wind and the water saturation in the ground, then the storms over the weekend, trees are just falling over in different areas,” he said Wednesday.

After the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District responded to the scene, a family member took Stephen to the hospital with injuries to his face, Taylor said. Stephen did not appear to be seriously hurt otherwise.

Madison Police Chief John Wallace said Stephen was eventually transported to University of Louisville Hospital to check for head injuries, but was expected back to the police department relatively soon.

“We definitely look forward to having him back,” Wallace said.