A section of the Harbor Gateway area was the scene of two crashes involving the Los Angeles police and fire departments, where the injured included two police officers and a female civilian who was critically injured, authorities said Sunday.
The critically injured woman had to be extricated from her vehicle with hydraulic tools after it crashed into a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in the 22300 block of South Normandie Avenue at 6:42 p.m. Saturday, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The ambulance was going northbound on Normandie Avenue and the vehicle was going westbound on 223rd Street when the collision occurred, said Sgt. M. Arana of the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division.
One firefighter was treated for minor injuries.
Some time later, while police were at the scene conducting an investigation into the crash, a suspected drunk driver struck a patrol car, which had two officers inside, said Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.
Those two officers were treated and released from an area hospital and the motorist who struck their car was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Lopez said. The suspected drunk motorist was also treated and released from an area hospital.
It was not immediately known if the injured woman in the first crash would be cited or arrested.