Two Indiana police officers were hurt, and an Indianapolis officer sustained serious damage to his car, after crashing their squad cars during Friday's storms.
Officer Michael McEachern, of the Fort Wayne Police Department, was hospitalized in serious condition after a squad car crash left him pined inside his vehicle. McEachern had to be extricated from the vehicle by Fort Wayne firefighters.
Police say that preliminary reports indicate McEachern was responding to an emergency call when he lost control of the car and it left the road, striking a small tree and a utility pole.
In Evansville, Officer Jeff Minto also lost control of his vehicle on wet roads while responding to a call. His squad car struck a utility pole on the driver's door. Police said Minto struck his head on the door post and window.
Minto suffered concussion-like symptoms and several abrasions and bruises. Police said Minto was conscious at the scene and was expected to be released from a hospital the same day.
An IMPD officer was involved in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of German Church Road and East Washington Street. Officials said the officer was struck by an oncoming vehicle when he turned to go after a driver suspected of running a red light.
There were no serious injuries in that crash, though both vehicles sustained significant damage.
The officer involved in the crash told RTV6 he thought his car was totaled.