Police officer, K-9 and two others hurt in four car crash in Harrisburg

A four car crash on 6th Street in Harrisburg injured three people, including a police officer and his K-9 companion. A police car and an SUV crashed into two parked cars along the side of the road. “It sounded like a bomb explosion. I thought one of our cars got hit. I came outside I didn’t expect it like this,” said neighbor Yanny Nguyen.

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The police cruiser flipped over and struck a woman sitting on her front porch. The driver of the SUV and the woman were both injured and taken by ambulance to the hospital. “All we know now is that one of our officers was in a car accident and he was hit by another driver. Two parked cars were hit, and out car got flipped over,” said Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson. “He’s [the officer] pretty bad. But it’s not life threatening right now.  Another woman was either sitting on the step or standing and our car when it flipped over landed on top of her,” she said.

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Rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to get the police officer out of his vehicle. He was flown by Life Lion to Hershey Medical Center. His K-9 companion was injured in the crash, he is being treated by a veterinarian.

Neighbors say the crash was the result of a police chase. ” I guess he [the suspect police were allegedly chasing] wouldn’t get out so they had to break the window and drug him out at gunpoint. Handcuffed him and took him away,” said neighbor James Gordon.  The mayor would not confirm that this was a police chase. Check back for updates.