When emergency vehicles, such as police cruises or ambulances, are driving in the vicinity with their lights flashing and sirens blaring, it means one thing: Get out of the way. Unfortunately, not all motorists heed the warning, and car accidents can result.
That appears to be what happened in Orlando on Sunday evening. The accident resulted in the closure of a busy intersection.
Two Orlando police officers were reportedly responding to an emergency call. They had their lights and sirens activated as they drove near the intersection of John Young Parkway and Colonial Drive, according to an Orlando Police Department spokesperson.
At the same time, a white truck headed east on Colonial Drive collided with the officers’ cruiser. A photo posted to a news site shows the heaviest damage to the front passenger side of the cruiser.
After the crash, both officers were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. Their injuries were described as fairly minor. The other driver, meanwhile, was taken to Florida Hospital South in Orlando with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Orlando Police Department says charges are pending against the driver of the truck. The crash caused the intersection to be shut down for nearly two hours.
It’s not entirely clear what caused the crash. It’s possible that the driver of the truck did not see the police vehicle, but that’s why it’s important for drivers to pay attention to flashing lights and sirens so that such accidents can be avoided.
Source: WFTV, “Orlando crash injures officers, closes busy intersection,” July 8, 2012