City officer rushing to call collides with car

two hurt

November 11, 2006|By Annie Linskey

A Baltimore police officer rushing to a call with her emergency lights and siren activated collided with another car at a Northwest Baltimore intersection, injuring the drivers of both vehicles, city police said yesterday.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Officer Channon Rankin, 24, and the other driver, Omar Mooring, 33, suffered the same injuries - a fractured leg and a concussion. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center; Mooring was taken to Sinai Hospital.

The officer's marked car burst into flames after the accident at Belvedere and Beaufort avenues in the Pimlico section. The other car was also severely damaged, police said.

Harris said the officer had the lights and sirens on when she approached the intersection about 11 p.m. Thursday. Harris said the cruiser caught fire after the officer was rescued from the vehicle.

Rankin has been with the Police Department since January 2002. Police were investigating to determine which driver was at fault.

Police officers responding to emergencies are required to stop at all stop signs and red lights to make sure the intersection is clear before proceeding. Harris would not describe the call to which the officer was responding.

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