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Police officer injured in crash

A police officer will likely be released Friday night from the University of Kentucky Hospital after being involved in a wreck earlier in the day.

Right at rush hour Friday afternoon, drivers watched as an ambulance and a police officer pulled off Kentucky 52 and onto the Richmond bypass. Witnesses say he hit another car while escorting an ambulance through town.

"Had a police officer in the front and an ambulance. He was in the left hand lane. Everybody started merging over, they come up through there, he kept blowing his horn to get people out of his way and then there was a car in front of him that wasn't merging over, " described witness Tim Luttrell. He watched as the officer then tried to pass the driver on the right side of the road.

"As he was getting over into the lane, so did the car. The officer himself after hitting the car was knocked unconscious."

Luttrell says a second officer near the wreck had to try and block the first officer's cruiser to get it to stop rolling down the bypass.

"By the time I could get down there the other officer that was also coming up behind had already been out of his car couldn't get it stopped. So he had to come and wedge his car in front of the other officer's car."

First responders took both drivers to hospitals. Richmond police have since asked Kentucky State Police to come in and handle the investigation.

The conditions of both drivers are unknown at this time, but police do say they expect the officer to be released from UK Hospital late Friday night.

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