It’s not uncommon for Florida drivers to encounter a police car with flashing lights and sirens blaring. If a driver spots an emergency vehicle operating nearby, it’s best to pull over to make sure it can pass safely.
It’s also important for officers and emergency responders to drive carefully at these times to avoid car accidents. A recent crash in Escambia County involving a deputy left nine people in two vehicles with injuries.
The accident reportedly happened W and Cervantes Streets earlier this month. According to media reports, the deputy ran a red light at the intersection, causing his vehicle to be struck by a Dodge pick-up.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the deputy, who was driving a marked vehicle, then hit the front left fender of a Pontiac sedan. That vehicle had at least six occupants, many of whom were young children. They were all treated at Baptist Hospital for minor injuries. The deputy and the other driver were treated at Sacred Heart Hospital, also for minor injuries.
It’s not entirely clear if the deputy had his lights flashing or not at the time he entered the intersection, or if he was even on duty at the time of the accident. The Florida Highway Patrol said it was investigating, and charges were pending depending on the outcome.
In addition to the injuries, the crash reportedly caused about $25,000 in total property damage to the vehicles.
Source: Pensacola News Journal, “Deputy being investigated after accident,” June 5, 2012