Police officer, second person injured in wreck

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 4 at 9:48 AM

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PHOENIX – Two people, one of them a Phoenix police officer, were taken to the hospital after a four-vehicle crash in Phoenix Tuesday morning.

Two other people were involved in the wreck at 67th Avenue and Van Buren Street, but both of them refused treatment.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, the officers was responding an emergency call of "unknown trouble" east of the area. Thompson said the officer had his lights and sirens on at the time.

A woman was pulling out of the parking lot of Fowler Elementary School. That driver was trying to go west on Van Buren Street.

That westbound vehicle and the eastbound police SUV collided nearly head-on in the center lane. The woman's vehicle spun into a gray SUV. The police SUV careened into a purple van before coming to rest on the corner.

Aerial video showed a patrol SUV on the sidewalk just outside the drive-through lane of a Burger King across the street from the school.

The officer reportedly suffered a broken leg. Both he and the driver of the first vehicle were taken to local hospitals. The woman was transported as a precaution. She and the officers are both expected to be fine.

The drivers in the other two vehicles refused treatment.

With four vehicles scattered all the way across Van Buren Street, the scene is quite a mess.

"Our investigators are on scene to determine exactly what happened so we can get to the bottom of this," Thompson said.

Van Buren Street is closed between 67th and 75th avenues, Thompson said. Parents can still get to the school as needed, but everyone else was being advised to use Buckeye or McDowell roads to bypass that closure, which is expected to remain in place for quite some time.

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