HOUSTON – Authorities say two Houston police officers were injured, one critically, after a driver smashed into their patrol vehicle, causing a fiery crash, reported Fox 26 Houston.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the officers were responding to a call early Monday with their SUV’s lights and siren activated. During the response another vehicle turned in front of them, causing a near head-on collision.
Acevedo said Officer Alonzo Reid was the passenger in the SUV. Following the violent collision he pulled himself to safety as the vehicle burst into flames.
The chief said that Reid along with a passerby rescued Officer John Daily, who was driving the burning police SUV.
Two HPD officers have been transported, one via Life Flight & the other via ambulance, to Memorial Hermann Hospital with serious injuries & burns following a crash with another vehicle at 10100 Telephone. The patrol vehicle caught fire. A PIO will be en route to the hospital.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 24, 2018
Acevedo says Reid is expected to make a full recovery. Sadly, the chief reported that Daily is in critical condition.
The driver of the other vehicle wasn’t hurt. However, Acevedo said he was arrested for driving under the influence.