PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Hillsboro police SUV collided with a pickup truck on Sunday while responding to a call with lights and sirens, leaving three people, including a police officer and a police cadet, injured.
Hillsboro Fire said the crash happened at 3:19 p.m. at Northeast Evergreen and Northwest 185th.
Sgt. Eric Bunday with the Hillsboro Police Department, talking after the crash, said it’s dangerous for officers anytime they have to turn their lights on.
“We are sometimes having to drive through red lights,” he said.
All three people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“We’re hoping and praying that he’ll be OK at this time,” Bunday said. “Anytime a member of the Hillsboro Police Department family is injured in anyway, it’s a scary moment. We hope and pray for the best we also hope and pray for the best for the citizen that was affected by this incident and hope he’s OK as well.”
The top of the SUV was removed by Hillsboro Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue in order to get the cadet out safely.
Cadets, according to Hillsboro police, are people between the ages of 15-20 who are interested in pursuing law enforcement.
No one was identified.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as more information becomes available.