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Officer Seriously Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident September 19, 2013

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Vehicle Crash Involving City Police Officer



Incident Date:               09/19/2013                 

Incident Time:               10:06 PM

Incident Location:         3200 Wayne Trace

Victim:                          Michael McEachern

City Police Officer          


On Thursday, 09/19/2013, at approximately 10:06 PM, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the intersection of Wayne Trace and Oxford Street reference a vehicle crash involving a city police officer.  Dispatch received several calls from witnesses reporting a Fort Wayne Police squad car was involved in a vehicle crash.  Officers arrived on scene and located the single vehicle crash in the 3200 block of Wayne Trace.  The officer was pinned inside the vehicle when officers arrived.  The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority assisted in extracting the officer from the vehicle.  Medics transported the officer to a local hospital in serious condition.


Preliminary reports indicate the officer was traveling southbound on Wayne Trace responding to an emergency call for service.  The emergency lights and siren on the squad car were activated at the time of the crash.  For an unknown reason, the officer lost control of the squad car and left the roadway.  The squad car struck a small tree and pole on the on the west side of the road.    


Wayne Trace was closed to all traffic between Drexel Avenue and Evans Street while the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (F.A.C.T) investigated the crash and processed the scene.  The team will attempt to determine what contributing factors caused the squad car to leave the roadway.  It is does not appear alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash.  Officer McEachern remains in serious condition at a local hospital.  The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to thank all of the witnesses that called dispatch to report the crash.  Their calls prompted a quick response by police officers, fire personnel, and medics to arrive on scene and provide medical treatment to Officer McEachern.  This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department.


Assisting Agencies:  City of Fort Wayne Fire Department, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority


Officer Jason Anthony

Public Information Officer

City of Fort Wayne Police Department

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