The Tampa police officer traveled east on Kennedy Boulevard when the accident occurred around 3:22 a.m. local time. A driver pulled out of South Hyde Park Avenue heading west in the eastbound lanes of Kennedy Boulevard before crashing his vehicle head-on with the police car.
Bay News 9 reports that the force caused both vehicles’ airbags to deploy. The police officer received treatment at Tampa General Hospital for minor injuries. The wrong-way driver did not sustain injuries in the wreck.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).