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Three hospitalized after police car, dump truck collide

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A Casper police officer and two other people were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle car crash Tuesday on the city’s west side.

The crash occurred at 1:56 p.m. as the officer was responding to a call with lights and siren, police said in a Facebook post. The police car, which was traveling east on CY Avenue, collided with a dump truck that was traveling north on Wyoming Boulevard.

The truck then hit two other nearby vehicles, which had been traveling west on CY Avenue, police said. Based on the tire marks, the dump truck appeared to travel into the westbound lane and then over the median before coming to rest on a grassy hill.

The police car’s passenger-side door was ripped off ended up crumpled in the street.

One of the two other vehicles, a green Subaru, suffered damage to its front and back. The front-end of the second, a red sedan, was smashed.

Police say three of the four drivers were taken to the hospital.

The crash investigation is ongoing, and the intersection was closed for a time on Tuesday afternoon, with traffic delayed for a time through the area. The matter will be investigated by an outside agency, police said.

A police spokeswoman declined to say what kind of call the officer was responding to at the time of the crash, saying the matter was under investigation. She also declined to release the time of the call.

Follow city and crime reporter Ellen Gerst on Twitter at @ellengerst.

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