Two Yakima Police officers injured in weather-related accident
YAKIMA, Wash. – Two Yakima Police officers were taken to Memorial Hospital Thursday morning for head and neck injures from an accident caused by icy roads.
Officers Adam Basford and Chad Urwin were preparing to assist Washington State Patrol with a pursuit. Before the two could setup spikes near 16th Ave. and Summitview Ave., Basford lost control of the car and went through an empty intersection in the 2200 block of West Summitview. The patrol car hit a tree and telephone poll before coming to a stop.
"It's almost like freezing rain right now, the roadway's very slick," said Sgt. Shawn Boyle of Yakima Police early Thursday morning at the scene of the accident. "[We've] almost slipped and fallen just standing having a conversation here."
The patrol car has significant damage and is not drivable but it was not moving at a high rate of speed, according to Boyle. Traffic around Summitview was blocked for more than two hours while YPD's traffic unit investigated the accident.
Both officers were treated for their injuries and released.