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4 New York police officers injured in car accident

A two-car crash in Queens led to the injury of four police officers, according to local reports. New York authorities reported that the cause of the car accident is still under investigation as of this writing. So far, no criminal charges are being filed in connection with this case.

The accident report indicates that three New York police officers were driving in an undercover vehicle in Ozone Park around 11 p.m. on October 2, when they struck another vehicle. That car was coincidentally being driven by another police officer, this one off-duty at the time of the crash. The force of the impact was sufficient enough to trap the three officers in the unmarked squad car.

Fire fighters worked for over a half hour to extricate the officers from the wreck.  All four individuals were then transferred to a local hospital with unspecified back injuries. The exact cause of the crash has yet to be determined by authorities, who are still investigating the specifics of the accident.

There is too little information available at this time to determine which of the two drivers involved in this car accident could be held accountable for the crash. New York authorities will have to continue their investigation to fill in these blanks before police can determine if criminal negligence was a factor in the crash. If one of the two drivers can be proved to be at fault, the other injured parties in the crash will be entitled to file personal injury suits against that individual. Such suits are handled in a civil court setting.

Source: New York Post, “Four cops hurt in two-car crash in Ozone Park“, Matt McNulty, Oct. 3, 2014