MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Miami Police Department is investigating a two separate crashes which involved officers in marked police cruisers.
The accidents took place Friday morning as both officers were en route to provide assistance to a colleague, according to Miami Police.
The first crash occurred at the intersection of NE 1st Avenue and 6th Street between a cruiser and a black Audi.
Police say the Audi was travelling northbound on NE 1st Avenue when it collided with the cruiser, which was travelling westbound on 6th Street. In video from Chopper 4, both vehicles can be seen on the sidewalk and both are damaged, especially the cruiser. The front end of the cruiser was a mangled mess.
“The light was green but it has just turned yellow,” said witness Tekelia Jones. “I just jumped, I was like, oh my god!”
Miami police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said the officer’s car is nearly totaled, and both the driver and the officer were transported Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Their injuries are said to be non life-threatening.
The second crash occurred at the intersection of Northwest 1st Avenue and 11th Street where a cruiser crashed into a light pole. No other vehicles were involved and the officer was not injured.
Miami Police investigators are trying to figure out how the accidents took place.