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Phoenix police car involved in collision

Multiple cars, including a police vehicle, were involved in a collision Friday afternoon near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road.
Credit: 12News

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police vehicle was involved in a collision Friday afternoon with multiple other cars near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road. 

Initial information says that the police vehicle was struck by two cars. Witnesses say they were driving at a high rate of speed.

The collision occurred just south of the intersection of Thomas Road and 51st Ave.

One of the drivers was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver, a juvenile, stayed at the scene.

The two officers in the patrol vehicle received medical attention at the hospital.

The police vehicle appears to have mostly sustained front-end damage. 

Phoenix police said 51st Avenue would be closed from Thomas Road to Virginia Avenue as officers investigate the collision.

Credit: 12News

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