Semi-Truck Speeds Through Intersection Crushing Police Patrol Car
Smyrna, GA – A trucker and police officer are lucky to be alive after a serious roll-over crash that required the officer to be extricated from his patrol car on Thursday.
According to the Smyrna Police Department (SPD), the accident took place around 10:10 a.m. at the intersection of Windy Hill Road and Atlanta Road.
All lanes were closed as a wrecker was called to the scene to remove the semi-truck from atop the Crown Victoria police car.
The driver of the patrol car, later identified as SPD officer Philip Colburn, was trapped inside.
Grisly images from the scene show the gold semi laying with the driver’s side on top of the patrol car’s driver’s side.
Authorities announced Officer Colburn was removed from the patrol car around 11 a.m.
He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officer Colburn was released from the hospital on Thursday, according to his father, Doug Colburn, who happens to be a detective with the Ellijay Police Department.
“He had a cut from some glass on his left arm and other than that he’s a little stiff and bruised up,” the elder Colburn told the Marietta Daily Journal. “I think mentally he’s just tired.”
Information about the trucker was not provided.
However, it was confirmed the trucker amazingly did not suffer serious injuries in the incident.
According to multiple eye witnesses at the scene, the semi-truck was speeding and ran the red light at the intersection in the moments before the crash.
Melvin Maness works at Atlanta Road Body Shop (ARBS) and stated the brakes went out on the semi, causing the accident.
Maness claimed his boss at ARBS is “good friends” with SPD’s chief, which is how he got the information.
However, authorities say the accident is still under investigation by the Cobb Police Department.
The intersection was reopened around 1:45 p.m.
Photo courtesy SPD