Out-of-Control Minivan Crashes Into Traffic Stop, Seriously Hurts Officer
UPDATED: May 22, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.
FORESTVILLE, Md. (WNEW) — An out-of-control minivan crashed into three police cruisers, seriously injuring one officer, during a traffic stop in Prince George’s County, authorities say.
The five-vehicle crash took place just about 9 a.m. Thursday on Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) near Walters Lane in Forestville.
Police spokesperson Julie Parker said three officers were outside their cruisers during a routine traffic stop on the side of northbound Pennsylvania Avenue when a minivan came speeding at them.
Parker says the officers tried to jump out of the way, but one was hit and was trapped under the vehicle.
“This minivan is coming at them and they had nowhere to hide,” Parker said. “It’s just fortunate that two of them went one way, and the officer who was hit went the other way.”
Police say officers and first responders with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department lifted the minivan off the injured officer.
The other two officers were unharmed.
The injured officer was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center with serious injuries. The driver of the minivan also was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries, Parker said.
Parker said police don’t know what caused the minivan to crash into the three cruisers and pulled-over sedan, but the vehicles suffered significant damage.
The injured officer is identified as 26-year-old Bashua Olaseha, a year-and-a-half veteran of the department. Officer Olaseha remains in ICU.
No charges have been filed yet in the accident.
Northbound Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) remanis completely closed due to police investigation. One southbound lane has been reopened to traffic. Parker said the roadway should be fully reopened around noon.
Several area police departments have tweeted out well-wishes and support for injured officer and the Prince George’s County Police Department.
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