Youngstown officer injured after cruiser hits pole

NEW SPRINGFIELD — A Youngstown police officer was taken to a hospital after a traffic accident in Springfield Township.

The front of the cruiser was heavily damaged when it struck a pole on the 6300 block of East Middletown Road just after 6:30 a.m. Monday, reports 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator's broadcast partner. A witness said the cruiser swerved to avoid hitting an SUV that was backing out of a driveway.

The officer was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for evaluation of injuries that are said not to be life-threatening.

The SUV driver was not injured.

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