WHAS11 reports that the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. at the intersection of 15th Street and Oak Street. According to police, the LMPD officer drove into the intersection just as the traffic lights turned. The cruiser crashed into a civilian vehicle in the intersection. The vehicle then crashed into a third car.
The officer was en route to back up another officer at the time of the accident. Reports indicate that he did have his lights and sirens on.
The officer and another driver were injured in the accident. Both victims had to be taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
The identities of those involved in the crash, including the officer, have not yet been released. There has been no word on whether or not charges will be filed in connection with this accident. The accident remains under investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 Kentucky Crash Statistics, there were 791 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Kentucky.
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