Police Cruiser, MARTA Bus Collide Injuring Two in Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA, GA. — Law enforcement officers say that one of their own crash a police cruiser in a MARTA bus. The crash injured the police officer and the MARTA commuter bus driver. The accountsunt of the incident appearing in U.S. News and World Report suggests that the police officer operating the police vehicle engaged the emergency lights and siren at the time of the accident but was not responding to a call for service. The injuries sustained by both operators appear to be non-life-threatening. The accident cause is under investigation at this time. *
The Atlanta police officer who was driving with emergency lights and siren on who struck a MARTA commuter bus sustained a concussion along with facial injuries. The MARTA bus driver was also hurt. The bus driver complained about suffering from leg pain. Fortunately, the lone passenger on the bus did not suffer any injuries. There were no additional occupants of the police cruiser when it crashed.
Atlanta police investigators are trying to determine why the accident happened in the first place. The initial reports from Atlanta police indicate that the officer involved in the accident was not responding to an emergency call despite the officer driving through a red light with the vehicle’s emergency lights engaged and siren screaming. The MARTA commuter bus had a green light when the officer entered the intersection. Investigators have pulled the surveillance video from the bus and will review it closely to corroborate the physical evidence found at the scene.
There was no information available whether either operator sought medical treatment or if they would be out of work for an extended amount of time. Additionally, there was no information forthcoming concerning the time frame for completion of the final report of the accident. Furthermore, there was no word on whether the officer would face any discipline if the investigators determined that the officer was driving with emergency lights on and siren running despite not responding to a call, or for running a red light.
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