Two 2nd District police officers suffered minor injuries yesterday when a garbage truck struck their police cruiser, after they had stopped a car on the shoulder of the Southwest Freeway, D.C. police reported.
Officer Joseph Loggins, 39, who was standing outside the cruiser at the time of the accident, was treated at Georgetown University Hospital for leg, neck and back injuries and released, police said. They said officer John Thompson, 37, who was inside the cruiser, was treated for leg and back injuries at the D.C. Police and Fire Clinic and released.
The officers had stopped a westbound car that they said was speeding and were issuing a ticket to the driver, a 17-year-old Northeast girl, when the accident occurred at 9:30 a.m., police said.
They said the cruiser, with its emergency lights flashing, was parked on the shoulder in the 300 block of the freeway when a garbage truck owned by Urban Services Systems Corp. of Northwest Washington crashed into the rear of it, causing the cruiser to strike the stopped vehicle.
Police said the driver of the truck, Amos Curley, 59, of 744 Kennedy St. NE, who was not injured, was charged with failure to give full time and attention to driving.
Police said the 17-year-old was not injured.