Sun Valley Collision Injures 2 LAUSD Officers, Dump Truck Driver
SUN VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Crews Friday were on the scene of a traffic accident that injured two school police officers and the driver of a commercial dump truck, officials said.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash occurred shortly after 8:00 a.m. in the 8500 block of Arleta Avenue near Wicks Street.
Two male Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) police officers were responding to a call for assistance for another officer when their cruiser collided with the dump truck, authorities said.
According to officials, one officer is a six year veteran and the other has been with the department for one year.
“We’re investigating the reason for the collision and who was at fault,” said Ernie Eskridge, Capt. of the Los Angeles Police Deparment. “One officer couldn’t get out of the car and one officer was outside of the car at that time.”
Both officers were taken from the scene in critical condition to the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center located in Mission Hills and were later listed in serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the dump truck originally received treatment on scene for minor injuries, but was loaded into an ambulance shortly after 11 a.m., officials said.
According to authorities, both officers are now coherent and are suffering from bruises, while the extent of injuries that the truck driver sustained in the crash is unknown.
At this time, officials are not sure if the officers had their lights and sirens running at the time of the accident.
The crash is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division.