Phoenix police vehicle in rollover crash

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer was responding to a call at around 1:40 a.m. Monday morning when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle near 7th Street and Southern Avenue.  The PPD Chevy Tahoe rolled over, landing on its roof. 

Both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to a nearby hospital.  The officer was later released, but the other driver remains hospitalized in critical condition. 

Phoenix police are investigating the accident in order to determine if the officer was following proper protocol at the time of the crash. Lt. Patrick Hoffman of the Phoenix Police Department said investigators are trying to determine if the other driver ran a red light or turned in front of the officer's vehicle. 

The intersection of 7th Street and Southern Avenue is expected to remain closed until around 10:00 a.m. Monday morning.