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Police Officer Collides With Pickup

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An on-duty Albuquerque police officer was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday evening that shut down part of Wyoming Boulevard for nearly two hours.

According to police, the officer, who was in a marked police car, was driving north on Wyoming when he struck a truck as it left the exit ramp of westbound Interstate 40.

The squad car knocked the pickup into a wide spin before it flipped over, APD spokesman Rob Gibbs said.

Police were still investigating who was at fault.

Police did not identify the male police officer involved in the crash or the man driving the truck.

Both were taken to University of New Mexico Hospital. The officer was treated for a golf ball-size lump, and rescue personnel believed he might have suffered a concussion, Gibbs said. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was taken for observation.

Gibbs said the preliminary investigation does not indicate that either driver was speeding, and it appears the officer had the green light.

Responding officers said the truck driver “reeked of alcohol,” Gibbs said. He said blood would be drawn from the driver to determine whether drunken driving charges would be filed.

Wyoming in both directions between Lomas and Constitution was closed while APD investigated the crash and the cleanup took place.

Police also closed the I-40 entrance and exit ramps in both directions in the area.

The crash left the APD cruiser with a smashed front end, facing north in the southbound lanes of Wyoming. The upside-down pickup was in the northbound lanes.
— This article appeared on page C01 of the Albuquerque Journal

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