Two Essex Police officers had a lucky escape after their vehicle crashed into a Chinese restaurant after it was hit by another car while responding to an emergency call.
London Road in Leigh-on-Sea was closed by Oakleigh Park Drive in both directions after the collision that occurred on Sunday 9th February.
The popular restaurant, Fortune Garden, sustained minor damage following the collision.
East of England Ambulance Service medics arrived on the scene and treated the officer who was driving the vehicle for a broken thumb.
A spokesperson for Essex Police said:
“Two cars, including a police car, were in a collision in London Road, Leigh-on-Sea at around 8.10 pm on Sunday 9th February.
“The police car, which was on blue lights and sirens at the time, was then also in collision with a building.
“The driver of the police car has sustained a broken thumb”.
There was no word concerning the other driver who was involved in the collision, but they are believed to have sustained only minor injuries.
Images shared on social media show the extent of the damage to the police car, including the airbags which had been deployed in the Ford Focus Estate.
Essex County Fire & Rescue also attended the scene, but they appear to have resisted the urge to remove the roof of the police vehicle!
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