Bristol, Va police officer hit while responding to emergency call

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A Bristol, Va. police officer is at a local hospital after being hit on the way to an emergency call Thursday morning.

According to Captain Maynard Ratcliff, it happened at the intersection of East Valley Drive and Old Abingon Hwy/Texas Avenue.

Ratcliff told News Channel 11 that the officer was responding to an emergency call with his lights and sirens on.

Ratcliff said the officer was traveling South on Old Abingdon Highway. As he crossed the intersection at East Valley Drive, a car travelling north on Texas turned left in front of the officer.

The patrol car ended up pushed near the pumps at the gas station at that intersection. The other vehicle was “knocked backwards and onto a side street,” according to Ratcliff.

Both the officer and the other driver were taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Ratcliff said the officer had a headache. A sobriety blood test is being administered, per department policy.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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