Speeding Police Car Crashed And Overturned A Vehicle
If you look inside a modern police car, you’ll see GPS devices, scanners, laptops, radios, and sometimes even K-9 units. Any of these things can be a distraction when officers are behind the wheel. Officers are also required to maintain constant contact with dispatch. Add to that the adrenaline an officer may feel when chasing a suspect or responding to a dangerous situation, like a domestic violence call, and it can be easy for an officer to not see another vehicle in traffic.
The Astoria-Long Island Patch reports that three people were injured after a police car was involved in a side-impact crash.
The crash occurred along 21st Street in Astoria on Friday morning near the intersection with 30th Drive.
A police vehicle was speeding along 21st Street with sirens blaring and lights flashing. The police officer slammed into another vehicle, causing it to overturn. A woman and two children were trapped inside the overturned vehicle.
Witness Surjit Singh works at a gas station at that intersection. He ran over to help the injured parties as soon as he realized that there were children trapped in the back seat of the car.
Another witness who was taking his son to school when the crash occurred said that there are a lot of crashes along 21st Street in Astoria.
A spokesperson from the New York Fire Department said that all three were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.