Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized Thursday morning in critical and serious condition with injuries suffered in a multi-vehicle crash in South Los Angeles.
The Newton Division officers were responding to a backup call about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday when, based on preliminary information, a tow truck driver ran a red light at the intersection of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Main Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Video from the scene showed the LAPD SUV smashed against the rear passenger side of the tow truck, with a car and SUV also involved in the crash.
Officers tried to pry the driver’s side door of the police vehicle open until Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived and used the Jaws of Life to free the officer driving the SUV from the wreckage. The officer was placed on a gurney and rushed to a waiting ambulance.
The driver of the tow truck was also taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.
Five other people suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the LAFD.