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on Dec 29, 2011
Squad Car? What is this an episode of Adam-12?
I saw the picture of the banged up police car in the Daily Post this morning. You got to wonder how this accident happened. It's funny that the police don't have any details about their own crash.
We heard the impact - by the time we walked a block the sidewalk had a lot of spectators and there were 8-10 police cars, fire chief, hook-and-ladder truck, fire truck, high-intensity lights....
What was astounding was that the truck was vertical! Its undercarriage was facing the street and the grill of the truck looked imbedded in the landscaping next to the sidewalk. The police car had damage to the driver's side and was sideways across the sidewalk. I have NEVER seen a vertical vehicle looking like an Eaaster Island head just sticking right into the ground. It was hard to take in or understand what had happened. The entire scene was surreal.
Was the cop drinking?
Hey Just Sayin, the Patch photos look pretty amateurish. You should have seen the shot in the Post this morning. That cop car was crunched. Much better picture.
I am sorry those involved were injured, but I am afraid this accident could have been avoided if the Officer involved had used correct procedure and was using emergency lights and/or sirens en-route to said call. I was enjoying my meal at the nearby Carl's JR when this accident occurred. I saw no sirens or lights until after the collision when 12 Mountain View Patrol cars were counted and 2 Fire engines also the new Hook and Ladder Truck with as many Fire personnel as police. It was quite the scene! Why did we need a ladder truck for an automobile accident? Kind of a waste of resources if you ask me......
I've no need to see pictures in the newspaper because I saw the results with my own eyes. But you still read paper and ink newspapers? All that ink on your fingers? All those chopped down trees? Yeccchh!
Btw. I see that the MV Voice has deleted my original post linking to better pictures. If they don't understand the hyperlinking nature of the Net, maybe I'll just delete them from my life.
> I am sorry those involved were injured, but I am afraid this accident
> could have been avoided if the Officer involved had used correct
> procedure and was using emergency lights and/or sirens en-route to
> said call.
This wasn't a Code 3 (lights and siren) call. It was just a routine 10-33 (alarm) assignment at a business in the 200 block of Bernardo.
Looking at the pictures on the Daily Patch site (Web Link), found using Google, it looks to me that the truck was u-turning at the break in the divider by the shopping center entrance, misjudged the cop car's speed and distance, and got clobbered as they had almost finished the turn. Good thing no serious personal injuries.
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