Friday, July 9, 2010

Patrol Car Crushed by Train, Officer Injured

The job of police officers often exposes them to different kinds of dangers and puts their life at risk, especially in the event of a vehicle accident.

In fact, a Long Beach police officer sustained injuries after his patrol car was hit by a Blue Line train near Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

According to reports, the officer was hit while he was traveling along 16th Street.

Police said the southbound train hit the patrol car and dragged it dozens of feet before stopping.

Rescuers needed to use the “Jaws of Life” just to extricate the police officer from his wrecked patrol car. He was then brought to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, several train passengers were brought to local hospitals to be treated for back and neck injuries. Their condition did not seem to be serious, said reports.

It is not yet clear if the police officer ran a red light or was responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident.