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UPDATE: Patrol car hits pickup in collision in northwest Oklahoma City

A police officer driving a patrol car with lights and sirens on collided with a pickup in northwest Oklahoma City. The crash was Thursday at the intersection of Interstate 44 Service Road and NW 36.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm •  Published: March 20, 2014

An Oklahoma City police officer driving a patrol car with its lights and sirens on struck a pickup in an intersection Thursday.

The officer was taken by ambulance to a hospital, but the pickup driver was not hurt, police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. Police did not release the name of the officer. His injuries weren’t life-threatening, Wardlow said.

The officer was eastbound on NW 36 about 7:25 a.m. when he went through a red light at the Interstate 44 Service Road, witness Charlene Faires said. Faires was westbound on NW 36 and was stopped at the light.

She said the pickup was going north, and the driver, Alan Woodard, 55, of Oklahoma City, had a green light. Faires said she could hear the police car’s siren and see the lights, but the I-44 bridge wall and signs likely prevented Woodard from seeing the oncoming vehicle.

Woodard said it was not until he was in the intersection that he heard sirens and saw the patrol car lights as it struck his pickup.

“I looked to my left, and I saw him as he hit me,” Woodard said.