Highway Patrol investigates Columbia police crash that sent two to hospital

jmonk@thestate.comSeptember 8, 2013 

— A Sunday afternoon crash downtown between a Columbia police department cruiser and a civilian car will be investigated by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The collision, which took place at the multi-laned intersection of Harden and Taylor streets across from Benedict College, sent both drivers to the hospital. Senior trooper Bridget Wyant said their injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

The two vehicles collided in the middle of the intersection, and at the time of the crash, the police cruiser had its lights flashing and siren blaring, according to the patrol. "We won't be able to review the cam until tomorrow," Wyant said Sunday evening.

Most city police cars are equipped with dashboard videos that record what happens during an emergency. The crash happened shortly before 3 p.m.

The police car was traveling on Taylor; the civilian car -- a Dodge Charger -- was on Harden. Their respective directions of travel could not be ascertained.

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