Area Police Officer Injured When Pickup Hits Patrol Car

San Saba police Officer Michael Prado (Courtesy photo)
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SAN SABA (April 18, 2014) San Saba police Officer Michael Prado, 31, remained in the hospital Friday after he suffered a broken pelvis when a pickup truck slammed into his patrol car at a stop sign.

The accident happened Wednesday while Prado was stopped on North Mill Street at the intersection with East Wallace Street, San Saba police Chief Dwayne Shaw said Friday.

While Prado was waiting for traffic to clear so he could cross, a pickup truck that was traveling on East Wallace Street veered off the road and hit the driver's side door of his patrol car, Shaw said.

The driver of the pickup lost consciousness before the accident, Shaw said.

"The accident is still under investigation and we are looking at the medical history of the driver of the pickup," Shaw said.

Prado was taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and was still there Friday, but could be released as early as Saturday.

The driver of the pickup was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was later released.

Prado began working for the department on April 7, and the day of the accident was the first day he was assigned to patrol on his own, Shaw said.

San Saba, with a population of just more than 4,000, has five police officers including the chief.