Officer recovering after two vehicle wreck in Russell neighborhood

LMPD officer recovering after accident

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) –Chestnut Street was shut down by police as an injured Louisville Metro Police officer was rushed to University Hospital from the Russell neighborhood.

The police cruiser crashed into a utility pole. The officer suffered a head injury but police said he will survive. 

Residents said they were shocked to see the damage.

“I just heard boom,” explained Mary Duerson. 

“I got up out of my chair and walked to the window to look and see what was going on and that's when I saw that car sitting there looking at me,” said Diane Douglas.

Duerson and Douglas live at Community Towers. The wreck happened in their front lawn.  Another car was also hit and wrecked on the side of the building.

“I saw that car, police cars, ambulances. I didn’t know what in the world had happened,” said Duerson.

According to police, the officer was responding to a call of a break-in in progress while driving down 26th street.  That's when he and another car, driving out from the intersection, collided. 

The scene struck a nerve with officers.  It's only a few blocks from where Officer Nick Rodman was hit during a car chase in March.  He later died at the hospital.

“Obviously when an officer is injured it concerns us very much.  We take all of them very seriously and we want to give them the best medical care that we can,” said LMPD Sergeant John Bradley. 

 The other driver is also reported to be okay. These neighbors can't help but be startled, especially because there was an officer involved.  

“It scares you, it really scares you because they're humans just like we are and we pray they' re going to be okay,” said Duerson.

The Louisville Metro Police traffic division is still investigating to figure out who or what caused the wreck.

 

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