2 police cars involved in Center City crash

CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Two Philadelphia police cruisers were damaged Monday morning in a crash in Center City.

Officials say one cruiser crashed into another that was parked on the street.

The accident occurred shortly after 9:00 a.m. at the intersection of 21st and Spruce streets.

According to police, a bicyclist was hit at the intersection earlier in the morning. The officer who responded to that call had his cruiser parked at the corner while taking the report.

While the officer was interviewing the driver and that bicyclist on the sidewalk, police got another call that a child was unresponsive in the area and not breathing.

That's when a 17th district officer, according to police, turned on her lights, came speeding down Spruce Street and collided with a pickup truck.

The impact spun her vehicle into the parked police cruiser at the corner of the intersection.

The 17th district officer, the driver of the pickup truck, and the bicyclist were all hospitalized. We are told all the injuries are considered to be minor.

Jason Spangler was there when it all happened. He tells us, "Right after the initial contact I ran out to see if she was OK. And she was bawling. I felt, you know, you feel bad for that. It wasn't a good sight."

Spangler went on to say that it appears that the officer had her lights on, but not her siren as she came cruising down Spruce Street.

Police have not yet said who is at fault as they continue their investigation.
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