2 LAPD Cruisers Collide in San Fernando Valley; 3 Officers Taken to Hospital

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Three Los Angeles Police Department officers were taken to a hospital Tuesday after a police cruiser slammed into the back of another in the San Fernando Valley, officials said.

Two Los Angeles Police Department cruisers were damaged in a crash on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in the San Fernando Valley. (Credit: KTLA)

Three Los Angeles Police Department officers were injured when two patrol cars collided on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in the San Fernando Valley, officials said. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred shortly before 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of Corbin Avenue and Chase Street (map) in the Winnetka area, the department said.

The officers "were flagged down" and "one vehicle started slowing down" just before the collision, said LAPD Capt. Maureen Ryan.

None of the officers were seriously injured, according to the Police Department. Authorities had initially said only one officer was hospitalized.

Aerial video showed significant damage to the front of one car and rear of the other.

The vehicles were en route to a call, with their lights and sirens on, at the time of the collision, the LAPD said.

Witness Dave Upward described the apparent injuries of the officer whose patrol car rear-ended the other.

"He looked like he was in pain," Upward said. "I'm sure his face planted into the airbag. … He's the one that took the brunt of the accident."

Four hours after the crash, investigators and both cruisers remained at the scene.