A D.C. police car ran a red light in Southeast Washington yesterday morning and rammed into the rear of a Metrobus, injuring one police officer and nine bus passengers, D.C. police reported.
Officer Steve Urps, 23, was driving his scout car east on Virginia Avenue SE shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday, according to police, when he failed to see a red traffic signal, entered the intersection and collided with a Rte. 92 Metrobus heading south on Eighth Street SE.
Police spokesman Jim Battle said Urps' partner, Officer Perry A. Williams, 27, "suffered numerous abrasions and lacerations" in the crash.
She was treated for minor injuries in the neck and shoulder at Washington Hospital Center and released, hospital officials said.
Urps was not injured, Battle said.
The nine injured bus passengers, Battle said, were taken to George Washington University, D.C. General and Capitol Hill hospitals, where officials there said they were treated for minor injuries and released.
Battle said the police scout car was moving about 20 miles per hour when it struck the bus and did not have its siren on or its red light flashing.
He said the police car, which became caught on the rear bumper of the bus and was dragged a short distance after the crash, was wrecked in the accident.
Urps was issued a traffic ticket and has been charged with "failure to pay full time and attention," Battle said. Urps and Williams each have been with the police department about 16 months, Battle said.
The accident will be presented to the Accident Review Board "to determine if it was preventable or not," he said.
Battle said the officers are assigned to the department's 4th District in upper Northwest but were authorized to be in the area where the accident occurred.