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Woman injured after being hit by police car

Posted in: Car Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 

A woman that was hit by a police car that was responding to a 999 call has been left with “possibly life-threatening injuries”. The 33-year-old woman, who remains unnamed, was hit crossing a junction just outside the centre of Bristol city centre last night (Saturday 29 November). Police were responding to urgent reports concerning a man making threats with a knife when the accident happened.

The accident happened around 10pm at the junction of Gloucester Road and Ninetree Hill. The woman is currently being treated at the Southmead Hospital in Bristol. A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said that she is suffering with potentially ‘life-threatening’ injuries to the head.

“Keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission and local police professional standards department have been alerted of the incident. It was heard, however, that a man was in fact arrested following the collision, and he was in possession of a knife.

The police spokesman said: “The road has been closed to allow a detailed examination to take place … We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have information to help our investigation.

According to the most recent IPCC figures, during 2012/13 there were 30 fatalities involving police cars responding to 999 calls.

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