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Squad Car Collides with Lexus in Northridge, Sends 2 Officers to Hospital [PHOTOS]

The officers were responding to a radio call, with their lights and sirens activated.

Photo credit: Greg Doyle
Photo credit: Greg Doyle

Two Los Angeles police officers were hospitalized today with minor injuries after their cruiser collided with another vehicle in Northridge, then sheered a fire hydrant, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a radio call, with their lights and sirens activated, when they collided with a Lexus at the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Mayall Street around 10 p.m. Tuesday, said LAPD Sgt. Randy Modrell.

The intersection was not controlled by traffic lights, and the driver of the Lexus, who was uninjured, will not be booked, Modrell said.

Modrell said the LAPD cruiser sustained major damage, and its occupants were transported to a hospital after complaining of pain.

--City News Service


Yami July 03, 2014 at 03:27 PM
I imagine playin' the radio to loud, maybe on cellphone. There's 3 types of drivers ...the ones that pull over right away ...pull over, at the last seconds ...and the ones that, just keep drivin'
Charles Murray July 07, 2014 at 11:23 AM
WHEN, OH WHEN, will emergency responders EVER LEARN, that these electronic sirens cannot be heard by anyone around a blind corner, or from within a luxury car (a Lexus in this case). Let me lay a foundation for what I am saying: From the 1920s through the 1980s and 90s, vehicle sirens were a mechanical device, which produced wide-band sound which could penetrate any walls and vehicles, and could bounce easily around blind corners and overcome background noise. During the 1990s to the present, most emergency vehicles have been equipped with electronic sirens, which are simply a loud audio amplifier with a computer-generated sound through a speaker. This type of sound simply cannot do the job safely! I have personally had to wrench my shoulder and back, by assisting another man to tear the door off a burning Ventura County Sheriff's car in 2010 after it collided with another car; whose driver simply could not hear the siren. I have written many letters about that and the many other inaudible siren crashes, in the Daily News, elsewhere here on The Patch, and to the Ventura County Board of Directors. Dast I ask: Will it take a school bus full of kids sailing off a cliff after colliding with a silent-sirened police car, before they start putting real mechanical sirens back on police cars and ambulances? Excuse the graphic hypothesis, but something MUST be done!!!!

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