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Patrol Vehicle Involved in Los Angeles Car Accident

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Five people were injured in a Los Angeles car accident involving five vehicles including a police car, the morning of January 9, 2012. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the collision occurred near Olympic Boulevard and Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles. Officials have not released information regarding how the crash occurred. Of the five injured victims, three were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries and two others, including the L.A.P.D. officer, were treated and released at the scene of the crash. It is not clear if anyone will be cited for the collision.

My thoughts and prayers are with the many injured victims of this Los Angeles accident. I wish them all the very best for a full and quick recovery.

Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 227 people were killed and 25,043 were injured in car accidents in the city of Los Angeles. Countywide, there were 554 fatalities and 50,817 injuries reported as a result of car accidents, during that same year.

What Caused This Pileup?

Based on this news report, the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. There are still several questions here. Was any of the drivers exceeding the speed limit or driving distracted at the time of the crash? Did alcohol consumption contribute to this early morning crash? Were any of the drivers fatigued? Did the patrol car have its emergency lights and/or sirens on at the time of the crash? I trust investigators are looking into these and other issues in order to determine how or why this collision occurred.

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