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Road open after van, cruiser collide

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities have reopened the intersection at 5th Avenue and 20th Street, just east of downtown Huntington. The announcement came just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

The extended road closure stemmed from 12:30 p.m. Saturday vehicle crash that collected a cruiser from the Huntington Police Department.

An officer and a passenger in his cruiser were transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital. The wreck also involved van with a man allegedly driving at the time on a revoked license, according to Sgt. S. M. Bowles of the Huntington Police Department.

Bowles indicated the van's driver would be arrested, although there had been no formal filing of charges as of late afternoon Saturday. Possible charges may include driving on a license revoked for driving under the influence, Bowles said.

The name of the injured police officer and the passenger wasn’t immediately available. The name of the person in custody also wasn’t immediately available.

“We hope they’ll both be treated and released,” said Capt. Mike Albers of the Huntington Police Department.

The police cruiser was eastbound on 5th Avenue and the green van was northbound at the time of the accident about 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 20th Street, Albers said.

The wreck caused a number of airbags in the police cruiser to deploy. The collision knocked off the back bumper of the cruiser when it was struck in the passenger side.

The driver of the van could have been on the phone at the time of the wreck, Albers said.

The accident remains under investigation, Bowles said.