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Police unit, vehicle collide in NE Albuquerque

J.R. Oppenheim and Caleb James
April 18, 2017 05:04 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An Albuquerque Police car and a civilian car slammed into each other in northeast Albuquerque Monday evening.  APD Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said the officer was headed toward a violent felony in progress when the other vehicle turned left in front of the police car. 

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Drobik said everyone involved was injured and transported to the hospital.  A woman driver and two juveniles were in the civilian car. Drobik could not say how seriously the two children or the mother were injured, saying it's "moment by moment." He said police are actively seeking their next of kin, and a police chaplain has been called to the hospital.

The officer sustained a broken ankle and broken femur, Drobik said. Nobody involved in the crash has been identified, nor did Drobik release the children's ages.

Drobik said the officer had the green light when the crash occurred.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office will serve as the lead law enforcement agency investigating the crash, Drobik said, with assistance from APD, New Mexico State Police and the Rio Rancho Police Department.

"We now have a huge investigation here," Drobik said.

The APD officer ran the emergency lights and sirens on his vehicle on his way to the original call, a subject threatening people with a knife at a business on Juan Tabo, Drobik said. The officer headed north on Eubank through the Indian School intersection as the civilian car heading south turned east. At 6:09 p.m., the vehicles crashed.

Surveillance video obtained by KOB shows the cruiser running lights, but the officer enters the intersection at the same time the mother and her kids are making that left hand turn.

Drobik said witnesses provided information when officers arrived at the crash scene, and some even rendered aid to the family until emergency personnel arrived. However, APD believed more witnesses observed the accident and can provide information.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD at (505) 242-COPS. An investigator in the APD Motors Traffic Unit will respond, Drobik said.

"This is going to be ongoing. We'll have more information as it becomes available. Obviously, this is a huge intersection here and a massive scene, and we're going to have our guys here all night."

As of Monday night, the northbound lanes on Eubank at the intersection remained closed.

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J.R. Oppenheim and Caleb James

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