3 people, including Anaheim officer, hospitalized after chain reaction crash

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Three people including a police officer were hospitalized after a car barreled into the scene of a minor traffic collision in Anaheim on Monday.

The officer had responded to a fender-bender involving a BMW SUV that had rear-ended an Acura SUV, the Orange County Register reported.

Suddenly a Honda Civic slammed into the back of the BMW, causing a chain reaction crash, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer.

The officer and a driver of one of the SUVs were hospitalized with injuries considered serious, though not life-threatening, Carringer said. The man driving the Honda was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The causes of the both collisions were under investigation, Carringer said.

Brookhurst Street between Lincoln and Catalina avenues was closed after the crash, police said.

Melanie Molina, a witness, was recording on her cell phone following the initial accident, not knowing that another traffic collision was about to take place.  

“So I started recording through window,” Molina said. “Next thing I know, there was another car that crashed.”

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