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Durham officer involved in crash; 4 injured

Posted April 29, 2008
Updated April 30, 2008

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— Durham police were investigating a “serious traffic accident” involving an officer that happened Tuesday night at South Miami Boulevard and Laurel Drive.

Officers responded to a vehicle crash with injuries at 9:28 p.m.

A Durham officer was traveling east in his patrol vehicle when a 1993 Mercury Cougar, driven by a man, pulled into the travel lane from Laurel Drive.

The man was attempting to make a left turn onto South Miami Boulevard when the two vehicles crashed, police said. It appears that alcohol was a factor, in reference to the Mercury Cougar's driver, police said.

Four other people were inside the man’s vehicle, police said. Four of the five men were taken to Duke Hospital with injuries.

One of the injured men was in serious critical condition Wednesday, and the others received minor injuries. The names of the people involved in the crash were not released, pending further investigation.

Both vehicles involved in the crash were totaled.

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  • SouthernLady05 Apr 30, 2008

    Reason... there would be 200 comments by now on how the officer should be fired and jailed.

  • Reason Apr 30, 2008

    wow, before my post there were only 4. i wonder, actually i don't, what the comments would be like if the officer was the one that crossed into the other persons lane.

  • beachboater Apr 30, 2008

    If you have to have an accident while driving, would you not want to hit something other than a police car? Bad night for someone who no doubt deserves it.

  • MrQuestions Apr 30, 2008

    I would think that since the officer was not taken to the hospital he was basically ok, hope so...

  • SouthernLady05 Apr 30, 2008

    My prayers go to the officer, I hope he is ok.

  • Through a glass darkly Apr 30, 2008

    It doesn't mention if the officer was injured. Hope s/he is OK.