3 injured, including 2 officers, in Jersey City police car crash

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Friday, May 17, 2024
2 officers among 3 injured in Jersey City police car crash
Anthony Johnson has the latest from Jersey City on the crash.

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- An investigation is underway in Jersey City after several people were hurt when a police cruiser was involved in a crash.

It happened at Martin Luther King Drive and Stegman Street shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday.

Police say three people were injured -- including two officers -- when the police car was involved in a crash with another vehicle.

The injured victims were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

There was plenty of damage left behind. It appears the police car slammed into a fire hydrant with the airbags deployed from the impact.

The bumper from another vehicle involved in the collision was on the street while its front end was missing.

The driver of that car was heading home when the patrol car crashed into them and spun out. Chris Seawell says his mother and daughter were in the car and are badly shaken.

"She didn't want to be touched, she was hurting, all that type of stuff, but for the most part my daughter is good, my mother is good, thank God," Seawell said.

His girlfriend rushed to the scene after she got word of what happened.

"The light was green, she was turning, and the cop only had on his sirens, he didn't have the sound on, so when he turned he hit her and that's how her car ended here, but he did at 360 and that's how he ended up hitting another car," Saleema Roberts said.

The domino effect of the crash caused several parked cars to sustain front end and back bumper damage.

Seawell is upset because the people who are supposed to protect his community were involved in a crash that sent his mother to the hospital.

"I"m just angry, you all are supposed to be aware of what you are doing, you are supposed to protect us, you put us in harm's way doing stuff like that," Seawell said.

The investigation into what happened is ongoing.

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