Collision Leaves Six Dead, Police Officer Injured

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (October 18, 2013)--Six members of a family were killed and an officer was injured early Friday when a car and a patrol vehicle collided at an intersection in Upper Arlington, Ohio, just northeast the state’s capital city.

The officer in the Columbus suburb was responding to an armed robbery report when the crash occurred early Friday.

Officials say the cruiser's lights were flashing, and they believe the siren was also in use.

Perry Township police Chief Robert Oppenheimer said investigators with the Columbus Police Department pulled the footage, which shows the victims' Toyota Corolla entering the intersection on a red light and coming to a stop before the crash.

Oppenheimer said a Columbus man was driving the other car, with his wife in the front seat and the couple’s four daughters, ages 16, 14, 12 and 2 in the backseat.

The local police union says the officer in the cruiser was being treated for a head injury at a hospital.

Oppenheimer says the officer is in shock over the deaths and hasn't been interviewed.


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