I was riding with a Kansas City police sergeant in Center zone one night, a friendly, easy-going guy. But he hung up from a radio call, his face turned red and he snarled:
"Department vehicle INVOLVED!!"
Involved, as in a traffic accident.
Two KC police vans collided shortly before midnight Tuesday on Meyer Boulevard at Troost while investigating a robbery. Both officers suffered minor injuries.
From the accident report (Driver #1 is a male officer, 30; Driver #2 a female officer, 29):
- Upon arrival, I contacted Driver #1 who stated he was traveling east on Meyer Boulevard, as an emergency vehicle. Driver #1 stated while in the #1 lane of traffic, he observed vehicle #2 change from the #1 to #2 lane of traffic and attempt a U-turn.
- Driver #1 stated he applied the vehicle brakes in an effort to avoid collision. Driver #1 stated he struck vehicle #2.
- I contacted Driver #2 who stated she was traveling east on Meyer Boulevard, as an emergency vehicle. Driver #2 stated she changed lanes from the #1 to #2 lane and attempted to make a U-turn. Driver #2 stated she observed no traffic prior to attempting the turn, and was struck by vehicle #1.
May their sergeants have mercy on them.
This made the paper, but isn't online.