Six individuals, two of them police officers, were rushed to local hospitals following a major crash in the West Village, local sources have reported. The car accident reportedly involved a New York police cruiser. So far, police spokespeople have declined to comment on the crash, and no charges have been formally filed.
There is limited information available about the car crash at this time, but it has been confirmed that the accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Sept. 26. Apparently, a police vehicle crashed into another car in an intersection. The force of the impact was enough to smash the windshield of the squad car and destroy its front portion of the vehicle on the driver’s side. The status of the other vehicle is unknown at this time.
All individuals involved, including two police officers who were in the squad car at the time of the crash, were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were unknown as of this report, but it is believed their injuries are considered non-life threatening. Police have declined further comment, but an investigation is ongoing.
More information will be required if a New York court is to dispense justice in this matter. Authorities are likely working to determine which of the two drivers involved in the car accident was responsible for the crash. If the officers were injured while on duty, their medical expenses and any lost income from work will likely be factored into workers’ compensation claims. Separately, civil claims by the injured parties may be filed against the party or parties whose negligence is deemed to have caused or substantially contributed to the accident. While workers’ comp law typically bars lawsuits against a co-worker or an employer with regard to an on-the-job injury, personal injury claims against third parties deemed to have acted negligently are appropriate under the law.
Source: New York Post, “Two cops, four passengers hurt in West Village crash“, Kenneth Garger, Sept. 27, 2015