Police car crashes in Solihull 'hit and run'

A police car was involved in a 'hit and run' smash which saw a Solihull road partially closed and buses diverted. The front passenger side of the patrol car was heavily damaged in the collision in Lode Lane at around 11.30am today (August 28). Witnesses claim another car pulled out on the patrol car - causing the collision.

It then allegedly left the scene. Two officers were taken to hospital as a precaution. A man was later arrested.

The busy road was partially closed and buses were diverted as officers attended the scene.

Police at the scene of the police car crash on Lode Lane in Solihull

An eyewitness said the police[1] car was on blue lights with sirens blaring before the crash. They claimed another vehicle had pulled out and smashed into the patrol car.

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One woman, who works nearby, claimed the second vehicle fled the scene.

Buses were diverted at the scene

Buses[5] were diverted including the number 72. A number of passengers chose to get off the bus at Grove Road rather than be diverted. One said: "We haven't been told anything but it's easier for us to walk."

Several police officers were at the scene and a police recovery truck was soon on hand to tow the stricken patrol car to safety.

Police at the scene of the police car crash on Lode Lane in Solihull

Workers from Amey highway maintenance were also visible and were directing traffic away from the scene, near to Solihull Hospital. A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "A police car responding to an emergency was involved in a collision in Solihull at 11.30am today (28 August). "It happened at the junction of Grove Lane and Lode Lane.

The other car involved in the collision left the scene, but was later recovered. "A man was located at a nearby property and arrested in connection with the incident. "The two police officers in the car were taken to hospital as a precaution."

Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk[6] between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Quote log number 913 of 28/08.


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  5. ^ Buses (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  6. ^ west-midlands.police.uk (west-midlands.police.uk)

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