SALEM POLICE CAR REAR-ENDED WHILE CONDUCTING TRAFFIC STOP.
Posted: March 9th, 2012 3:04 AM
On Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 10:49 p.m. Salem Police Officers Don Vidrio and Rachel Prager were on a traffic stop with their emergency lights activated in the 3200 block of Commercial St SE when a 1984 Volvo 4-Door sedan rear-ended their patrol car. The impact pushed the patrol car into the vehicle the officers had stopped. The Volvo veered off of the patrol car and crashed into the vehicle the officers had stopped. The driver and passenger in the Volvo were found unconscious and trapped inside of their vehicle. Both did not appear to have been wearing seat belts. The Salem Fire Department responded to extricate the driver and passenger from the Volvo. The driver, Andrea Bowlin (24 years of age), and passenger, Amanda Palin (26 years of age), were transported to Salem Hospital and admitted with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Don Vidrio sustained minor injuries from the impact of the collision and was taken to Salem Hospital where he was treated and released. Officer Vidrio was seated in the front passenger seat of the patrol car when the collision occurred. Officer Prager was standing on the sidewalk near him. The driver of the vehicle the officers had stopped was seated in the driver's seat of his vehicle and was not injured. The Volvo and Salem Police patrol car sustained extensive damage.
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit responded to the scene to conduct the accident investigation. It appears alcohol was a contributing factor for the accident. Criminal charges are pending upon completion of the accident investigation.
Commercial St SE was closed for over three hours in both directions due to the accident.
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