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Publish Date: 9/30/2005

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Five cars and a police cruiser were involved in an accident Thursday night at Main Street and Third Avenue in Longmont. Times-Call/Joshua Buck

Longmont police cruiser involved in six-car accident


LONGMONT The Colorado State Patrol on Thursday was investigating a six-vehicle accident at Third Avenue and Main Street that involved a Longmont police car.

At least four people were injured and taken to the hospital, said Officer Steve Sisson of the Longmont Police Department.

Sisson said the state patrol would investigate the accident, which happened at about 7:30 p.m., so Longmont police could avoid a conflict of interest.

Sisson said two Longmont police cars were traveling south on Main Street with lights and sirens on while responding to another accident at Second Avenue and Bowen Street. Four vehicles traveling east on Third Avenue stopped at a green light to allow the police cars to pass.

A GMC Suburban traveling west did not yield to the oncoming police cars, Sisson said, and struck the leading car, driven by Officer Mike Carter.

The Suburban pushed the patrol car into the four vehicles stopped on Third Avenue. Traffic was detoured around the scene for several hours.

Carter was not injured, but his patrol car was heavily damaged. The other patrol car avoided the crash.

Sisson said the driver and passenger of the Suburban were taken to the hospital but were both walking and talking before they left.

A woman who was in a red Chevy Cavalier that was struck by the patrol car and then again by the Suburban was taken to the hospital after initially appearing to be OK.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273, or by e-mail at pshields@times-call.com.

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