Toronto police officer and woman injured in head-on collision
Published Thursday, August 23, 2012 1:41PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:39PM EDT
A Toronto police officer and a 57-year-old woman were rushed to hospital on Thursday after a head-on crash in the city’s northeast end.
The officer was left trapped inside the crumpled cruiser after the collision, which occurred on Midland Avenue, north of Lawrence Avenue, shortly after 12:30 p.m.
According to a release issued by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit the police officer was driving southbound on Midland Avenue on the way to a call to assist another officer when he struck another vehicle heading northbound.
A witness aid the officer tried to go around traffic when he hit the car driven by the 57-year-old woman.
The SIU is now investigating the collision.
Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to pull the officer from the wreckage. He was trapped for about 30 minutes.
Both drivers were removed from the scene on backboards and taken to Sunnybrook Hospital.
They both had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the SIU said in a release.
The officer had a broken and dislocated pelvis, while the woman had a broken right ankle.
The officer involved is a 41-year-old constable who has been on the force for about five years and is engaged to be married this year.
District Fire Chief Richard Cooper said a third vehicle, a taxi, was also involved in the crash but the driver suffered only minor injuries.
The SIU is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call 416-641-1866 to aid in the investigation.
With files from CTV Toronto’s Tamara Cherry