SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A car veered off State Route 163 in Hillcrest Thursday and plowed into a police cruiser parked in the center divider, sending several people -- including a patrolwoman -- to a hospital and forcing the closure of one side of the freeway in the area.
The San Diego police officer pulled over in the median alongside the southbound side of the route near Washington Street about 11:15 a.m. to assist a motorist whose car had broken down, SDPD Detective Gary Hassen said.
Moments later, she saw a car swerving off the freeway and "barreling toward" her, Hassen said. She responded by jumping back into her cruiser just before it was struck and shoved forward into the disabled vehicle, Hassen said.
Medics took the policewoman and at least one of the other people involved in the accident to an emergency room for evaluation of apparently minor injuries.
Authorities closed the southbound side of the freeway between the accident site and Interstate 8 in Mission Valley to allow for investigation and cleanup.
Traffic was heavily congested along a stretch of SR-163 for miles to the north into the early afternoon, according to police.
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