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May 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM

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SPD officer banged up, but OK after traffic collision

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle police officer suffered minor injuries on Tuesday when his patrol car crashed into another vehicle while he was responding to a call.

At about 5:19 p.m., the South Precinct officer was responding to a disturbance call, with his siren and emergency lights activated, heading south in the 5300 block of Rainier Avenue South when he approached a Toyota. As the patrol car approached 42nd Avenue South, the officer moved into the northbound lane to go around the Toyota, which had stopped in front of him in the southbound lane.

The Toyota then turned left and collided with the patrol car.

The officer and the driver of the Toyota were both transported to a hospital with complaints of pain. Both were evaluated and released from the hospital.

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