An Atlanta police officer hit a car while responding to a 911 call, authorities said.
The officer’s emergency lights were on at the time of the crash, according to the Georgia State Patrol. However, it’s unclear if her sirens were activated.
The incident happened about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday. Officer Dejoira Phillips, 27, of Atlanta, was driving her patrol car west on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard when she approached a red light at the Peeples Street intersection, the GSP said in an emailed statement.
Lisa Akazaawie, 52, of Atlanta, approached a green light at the same intersection in a 2013 Kia Soul. Her car was heading north on Peeples, the GSP said.
“At the southeastern corner of the intersection, there is a building that obscures the view of westbound traffic on Ralph David Abernathy,” the GSP said in the statement. “This building also obscures traffic moving northbound on Peeples Street.”
As a result, the officer failed to yield at the intersection and hit the Kia, the GSP said.
A light pole at the intersection was hit during the crash.
Both cars were totaled, and the drivers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Their conditions are unknown at this time.
The wreck occurred less than 24 hours after an Atlanta police officer hit a power pole while responding to a stolen vehicle call.
The officer “lost traction while traveling along the curve on Joseph E. Boone near Westchester Boulevard” and went down an embankment early Wednesday, Atlanta police Officer Donald Hannah told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
That crash temporarily knocked out power to more than 1,000 people in the area.
We’re working to learn more about the latest accident.
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