Baltimore police officer hurt in 3-vehicle crash
A Baltimore police officer responding to an emergency call was injured early yesterday when his cruiser collided with a fire engine and another vehicle in East Baltimore, police said.
The officer was heading east on Monument Street with his emergency lights and siren activated, when the accident occurred about 12:30 a.m. at Greenmount Avenue. The fire engine, which also had its lights and siren on, was headed north, police said.
The police cruiser careened off the firetruck and hit a Lincoln LS sedan that had pulled over to make room for the firetruck, police said.
Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said the injured Eastern District officer was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated for a broken ankle and a displaced hip. The driver of the fire truck was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of minor cuts. The driver of the Lincoln was not injured, Harris said.
Harris could not immediately say whether both police and fire vehicles were responding to the same call. The accident was under investigation.
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