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Tampa officer released from hospital after two injured in car crash

TAMPA — Two police officers were injured early Sunday when their unmarked car struck a sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

Tampa police said Officers Gary Saunders and Robert Partner were traveling south on Tampa Street in a Ford Crown Victoria around 1 a.m. when the car hit a Ford Explorer driven by Charles D. Barrett going west on Polk Street.

The officers were taken to Tampa General Hospital, initially in serious condition.

In a text message Sunday afternoon, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis wrote that one of the officers was released from the hospital while the other was undergoing additional tests.

Barrett, 34, did not require medical treatment.

Investigators were still looking into the crash to determine which vehicle was at fault. According to Davis, a witness reported the officers had a green light. Police did not say which officer was driving.

Davis said the department will not have an update on the crash until today.

Tampa officer released from hospital after two injured in car crash 03/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 27, 2011 11:27pm]

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