Bath Beach, Brooklyn- On Saturday just before 8 PM, NYPD officers in a police cruiser were T-boned by an SUV while responding to an emergency call, according to officials.
Police stated that officers from the 62nd precinct were traveling westbound on Cropsey Avenue— with their patrol car’s lights and sirens activated—on their way to a 911 call reporting a “violent emotionally disturbed person,” when a 2015 Toyota rammed into the side of their vehicle.
The Toyota was traveling southbound on Bay 16 Street just before it hit the patrol car, according to police; Bay 16 is a one-way street and there is stop sign at its cross with Cropsey Avenue.
After the accident, the officers were treated for neck/back pain and transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition, according to officials.
The driver of the SUV was standing up outside his vehicle, and it is unclear whether he was given medical aid.
In their statement to the press regarding the incident, police did not indicate who was believed to be at fault for the accident.
Also, it is unclear whether the snow and ice from a winter storm that hit NYC on Saturday night contributed to the crash; during the storm, over 1,500 hundred pieces of “snow clearing equipment” were out clearing the roads throughout the five boroughs, according to the NYC Department of Sanitation.
More than 1500 pieces of snow clearing equipment out across 5 boros right now salting and plowing 6300 miles of roads and streets. Please give DSNY crews the right of way and drive carefully if you must drive at all.
— NYC Sanitation (@NYCSanitation) February 18, 2018