Ithaca police officer “not seriously injured” in west end accident

Emergency responders say an Ithaca Police Department officer who was involved in an accident in Ithaca’s west end on Monday evening “was not seriously injured.”

An Ithaca police car was in a crash on Monday night. Photo courtesy Ithaca Fire Department.

According to the Ithaca Fire Department, fire and Bangs Ambulance responded to the scene of an accident at the corner of Buffalo Street and Fulton Street on Monday night, to find an IPD car had been involved in a crash and the officer was trapped inside.

IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson says the IPD patrol car was traveling south on North Fulton Street, or Route 13, and the other vehicle was westbound on West Buffalo Street.

“The patrol car had been hit head on and had extensive damage,” according to IFD, and multiple airbags deployed.

Fire crews cut the injured officer out of the vehicle’s driver’s seat, and he was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for evaluation. The passenger in the patrol car, another on-duty police officer, sustained bumps and bruises but was not seriously injured. Williamson says the driver and passengers in the other vehicle were not injured.

According to Williamson, the driver of the non-police vehicle admitted to “accidentally proceeding into the intersection against a steady red traffic light,” and was issued a traffic ticket for the violation.

The officers involved have not been identified.

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