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Police Officer Injured after Wrong-way Driver Causes Crash

ambulance with emergency lights on

According to Bay News 9, a wrong-way driver collides with a police cruiser, causing injury to the officer in Tampa, Florida, in the early morning hours on Monday.

Details of the Injury Accident

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.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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