Sunday, October 31, 2010
Roanoke officer pulled from burning cruiser after crash
The officer was treated for minor injuries
Sam Dean | The Roanoke Times
Damage to vacant house after police car crash.
Updated 1:47 p.m.
The officer whose cruiser crashed into a vacant house early this morning was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital, a police spokeswoman said.
Officer A.P. Gregware was on his way to help another officer stop a vehicle about 4 a.m. when he lost control of his car and crashed into the house at the corner of 10th Street and Fairfax Avenue Northwest, spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.
Gregware was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The police department is investigating the cause of the crash, Johnson said.
Posted 10:40 a.m.
A Roanoke police officer was pulled out of his burning cruiser after it crashed into a vacant house early this morning, witnesses said.
Information about the officer's condition was not immediately available.
Two neighbors said they heard a boom and went outside to see the flaming police cruiser that crashed into the corner of a house at the intersection of 10th Street and Fairfax Avenue Northwest. A second officer, who'd been nearby when the crash happened, ran to the car and pulled the officer to safety, said Patrice Lee, who lives next door.
"He was calling for back up. 'It's one of ours! It's one of ours!'" she heard the officer say.
The officer then went back and used a fire extinguisher to subdue flames in the hood of the cruiser, according to Lee.
She said she saw the injured officer awake on a stretcher, and didn't see any apparent injuries.