SFPD Officers Hurt in Car Crash

Uniformed officers taken to hospital.

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:53 AM PDT
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SFPD Officers Hurt in Car Crash

Both the police chief and fire chief of San Francisco came to the hospital to visit the injured officers.

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Two of the three San Francisco police officers who were injured in  a crash in Potrero Hill early this morning remain hospitalized but the third  has been released, a police spokesman said.     


When the accident happened around 1:40 a.m., the officers were in  an unmarked police car and were responding to a report of a man with a knife  at 24th and York streets in the Mission District.   

They were traveling south on Potrero Avenue when their blue Ford  sedan struck a light pole on the southeast corner of the 19th Street  intersection, police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.   

The three officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital  where one was in critical condition and another was in fair condition.   

The third officer was treated and released after the crash.   

All three are expected to survive, Andraychak said.   

Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White visited  the officers in the hospital this morning, according to Andraychak.   

The cause of the crash has not been determined. Drugs and alcohol  are not considered factors in the crash, but the driver will undergo testing,  as is standard procedure.

The crash is being investigated by the Police Department's major  accident investigation team and its hit-and-run detail, which investigates  collisions involving serious injuries.

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