Police cruiser causes chain reaction crash Thursday night

A Long Beach Police Department cruiser started a chain reaction crash that ended up hitting a bicyclist and sending three people to the hospital Thursday night, authorities said.

Police and paramedics responded to the crash at 7:45 p.m. near 16th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, LBPD spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a mark black and white police SUV that had collided with a Toyota Camry,” Dandoy said. “The impact of the collision caused the Toyota Camry to collide with a bicyclist that was waiting at the traffic signal.”

The police officer, bicyclist and driver of the Camry were all sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said.

Police are still investigating what caused the driver of the cruiser to crash into the Camry, Dandoy said.


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