Speed and alcohol a factor in crash that sent officer and driver to hospital

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police investigated two crashes within three hours, on Lima Road near I-69.

Officers had been at the scene of a crash on the Lima Road overpass above I-69 since 8:45 p.m., when a second crash occurred at 11 p.m.

A Fort Wayne police officer was sitting in his squad car with his emergency lights activated, blocking one lane of traffic on Lima Road in the northbound lane.

An SUV driving north on Lima at a high rate of speed collided with the rear of the officer’s squad car pushing him into another vehicle driving by in the far outside lane. After striking the squad car the SUV went down into the grassy area by the off-ramp onto northbound I-69.

Both the driver and the officer have non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. They are being treated at an area hospital.

At this time it is believed that excessive speed along with alcohol are contributing factors in the crash.

The northbound lanes of Lima Road were closed at Ley Road for almost 3 hours while police investigated.

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