Video: NY officer injured after patrol vehicle careened off road, flipped upside-down

A passerby and her family tried to help the officer out of the vehicle

Shane DiMaio
Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Pedestrians rushed to the aid of an NYPD Highway Patrolman after he collided with another vehicle, that flipped upside-down and took out a light pole on the West Shore Expressway Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., emergency units arrived on scene where a crash occurred in a northbound lane of the West Shore Expressway, near the Victory Boulevard exit, said a spokesman for the NYPD.

Before emergency units arrived, passerby Jessica Calderon and her family tried to help the officer after his police vehicle careened off the road and struck a black SUV, she says.

“He crashed into the truck, the truck flipped over and knocked down a light pole,” said Calderon, who witnessed the chaotic scene. “We immediately pulled up behind them and tried helping out.”

In video submitted to the Advance, Calderon is shouting for the officer to open his door so she can check him for injuries, she says.

“It was absolutely insane,” Calderon said of the scene. “The officer looked like he was passing out after he called for backup.”

When police arrived, they discovered a male officer who was “conscious, but disoriented,” following a collision with a light pole near the shoulder of the expressway, said the NYPD spokesman.

The officer was taken to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze with minor injuries, added the spokesman.

Calderon said the driver of the black SUV, an older male, was “bleeding from his hand,” but otherwise, just shaken.

There were no other major injuries reported from the scene, added the NYPD spokesman.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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