Sheriff’s Deputy Hospitalized After Head-On Collision in Bellflower

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An investigator on May 13, 2014, photographed the scene of an crash involving a car and a deputy’s vehicle in Bellflower. (Credit: KTLA)

A sheriff’s deputy was injured Monday night when his patrol car collided head-on with a civilian vehicle in Bellflower, authorities said.

The patrol car, with its lights and siren on, was en route to a burglary call when the crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Bellflower and Somerset boulevards (map), a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The driver of the civilian vehicle was transported to a hospital in unknown condition and was expected to survive, said Sgt. Thomas Vernola of the sheriff’s Lakewood station. Authorities had initially said the civilian was uninjured in the collision.

The deputy was transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center after being extricated from the patrol car by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was listed in stable condition.

An investigation into the incident was underway.


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