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Pedestrian Struck By Philadelphia Police Car

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By Al Novack

Philadelphia (CBS) – Two Philadelphia police officers and an unidentified woman are hospitalized and under treatment for injuries suffered in an early morning accident on North Broad Street in North Philadelphia.

The mishap occurred as a woman was running to catch a night owl bus.

Police say it all happened around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Two officers were responding to a 911 emergency call with lights and sirens blaring.

As they approached the intersection of Broad and Girard Streets, a woman darted into Broad Street running to catch a bus. The officer, who was behind the wheel, immediately took evasive action attempting to avoid the woman.

Unfortunately the patrol car skidded, hit the woman, went out of control; hit a concrete barrier and then burst into flames. The Chevy impala patrol car was destroyed.

Police have yet to release the names of the officers or pedestrian involved in the incident about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Police say one person was wounded in the shooting at the Crab House Restaurant and Nightclub and that the officers’ car hit a median strip on the way to the scene and went airborne. The car’s engine caught fire when it landed, and the woman was hit in the process.

Authorities say the officers and the woman are all in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital.


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