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No injuries after Tacoma patrol car, minivan collide in South End

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2010 at 9:52 am |
January 12, 2010 9:53 am

No one was injured Monday night when a Tacoma police cruiser – responding with lights and sirens to a call involving a knife – hit a minivan that turned in front of the officer, the police department reported.

The crash occurred shortly after 9:10 p.m. The officer was going eastbound on South 56th Street near South Cushman Avenue. The officer was headed to a call involving a knife and had the patrol car’s lights and sirens activated, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The officer was passing cars in the center turn lane.

“Everyone was pulling to the right,” Fulghum said.

A woman driving a minivan turned left in front of the officer. The patrol car struck the back corner of the minivan.

Neither driver was injured. The minivan driver told officers she did not hear or see the patrol car. She was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and failing to have valid proof of insurance, Fulghum said.

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