Police: Phoenix officer hurt helping man avoid crash

Posted at 7:21 PM, Apr 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 11:45:00-04

A Phoenix police officer in training to become a sergeant was in the right place to help a man avoid a crash, though he was injured in the process.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, an officer was standing by a flatbed tow truck loading a vehicle near 3rd Street and Greenway Road when a two-door hatchback crossed the raised median into oncoming traffic.

The officer was able to shove the tow truck driver out of the way before diving himself, according to Sgt. Vince Lewis.

The car hit two other vehicles, and the driver was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition, police said.

After suffering minor injuries, the officer immediately checked on the drivers involved in the crash and rendered aid to the driver of the car that crossed the median. 

Authorities said the officer suffered a non-life threatening injury getting out of the way of the oncoming vehicles, not as part of the collision.

Officials say it is unclear why the car crossed the median, but medical reasons are being investigated. 

Police say the officer is a nine year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. 

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