UPDATE (11:30 a.m. 10.25) – The two officers injured in the accident Monday night are out of surgery and are recovering in the hospital, according to a spokesperson with Prichard Police. They sustained serious injuries and both officers are expected to out of work for a few weeks.
The crash is still under investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), but a preliminary report shows the police car was traveling south on Highway 45 and the van was headed north on the same road. The crash occurred when the van attempted to turn onto Old Citronelle Highway.
No word yet on the condition of the passengers in the van, but we do know they are recovering at a local hospital.
You Care fundraising web page for officers involved in traffic accident.
ORIGINAL STORY – A head-on crash involving a Prichard police cruiser and a van shut down traffic for hours. Prichard Police Chief Bernard Parrish said seven people were transported to the hospital with injuries including two of his officers, “Early indications tell us, the other vehicle involved may have turned in front of our officers which caused the impact.” The chief said the officers suffered broken limbs, but everyone on the scene appeared responsive when transported to the hospital.
The patrol car burst into flames. Larry Johnson heard the crash, “I’m out in the yard. I actually heard a loud bang so I ran out to my front yard and discovered a Prichard police car and another tan SUV. As I ran to the police car, the officer was leaning out..and I just asked him what could I do for him and he asked me to pull him out of the car so I actually pulled him out of the car”.