City police cars collide on I-64
[Charleston, SC]

February 19, 2001, Monday
Copyright 2001 Charleston Newspapers
The Charleston Gazette
February 19, 2001, Monday
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Two police officers are recovering from minor injuries after their cars collided on Interstate 64 early Sunday.

Patrolman Eric Loudermilk and Cpl. Eric Smith were both heading toward Kanawha City at 12:15 a.m., said Sgt. H.S. Walker.

Investigators are still working out all of the details, Walker said, but it appears that the two collided just east of the 35th Street Bridge exit. The front driver's side of Loudermilk's cruiser hit the rear passenger side of Smith's cruiser, Walker said.

Both officers have bumps and bruises and will be off duty for a few days.

A state trooper was on the scene running a radar gun and looking for drunk drivers, Walker said.

The two officers were on a call to help a state liquor inspector, who was in another car in front of the accident and did not see much, he said.

After the collision, Loudermilk's cruiser ended up head-first under a guardrail. The accident tore the car's hood, fenders and grille.

Smith's vehicle spun around and stopped, blocking both lanes of traffic, Walker said. He estimated about $10,000 in damage was done to the cars.

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