Video: Police officers taken to hospital after St Albans Road car smash

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Police officers taken hospital after St Albans Road car smash

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Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their car crashed in St Albans Road.

The police car crashed just before 4pm at the junction of Leavesden Road as officers were travelling to an immediate response.

A CCTV camera outside the Prince George pub captured the moment the crash occurred.

Part of the main road was blocked following the crash, which involved a police car and a silver Mercedes Benz. The road has now been cleared.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene.

Giles Cooper, spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “They (the police officers) have got slight injuries and the full extent is not known. The other driver was not injured.”

The job that the officers were on their way to was reallocated and the crash will be investigated.

 

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5:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pepsiman says...

Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??
Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub?? pepsiman
  • Score: -21

5:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BillyF2LRain says...

pepsiman wrote:
Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??
"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub".

I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??[/p][/quote]"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub". I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass. BillyF2LRain
  • Score: 24

6:30pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

BillyF2LRain wrote:
pepsiman wrote:
Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??
"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub".

I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.
Doh! You did a Homer!
[quote][p][bold]BillyF2LRain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??[/p][/quote]"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub". I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.[/p][/quote]Doh! You did a Homer! Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 2

2:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

Honest Rog says...

Apart from pepsiman showing his/her ignorance here, what is blindingly obvious is that this was Plod incompetence pure and simple. The silver saloon was attempting to turn right into Leavesden road. This is why the red car had left a gap which Plod should have been aware of. A nice payday at the expense of Plod (taxpayer) awaits the driver of the silver saloon.
Apart from pepsiman showing his/her ignorance here, what is blindingly obvious is that this was Plod incompetence pure and simple. The silver saloon was attempting to turn right into Leavesden road. This is why the red car had left a gap which Plod should have been aware of. A nice payday at the expense of Plod (taxpayer) awaits the driver of the silver saloon. Honest Rog
  • Score: -6

7:22am Thu 27 Mar 14

dented says...

Honest Rog wrote:
Apart from pepsiman showing his/her ignorance here, what is blindingly obvious is that this was Plod incompetence pure and simple. The silver saloon was attempting to turn right into Leavesden road. This is why the red car had left a gap which Plod should have been aware of. A nice payday at the expense of Plod (taxpayer) awaits the driver of the silver saloon.
You mean the red car that was stopped on the KEEP CLEAR bit? The merc looks to me that it was at fault especially as the police car had lights, and I'm guessing, sirens going.
[quote][p][bold]Honest Rog[/bold] wrote: Apart from pepsiman showing his/her ignorance here, what is blindingly obvious is that this was Plod incompetence pure and simple. The silver saloon was attempting to turn right into Leavesden road. This is why the red car had left a gap which Plod should have been aware of. A nice payday at the expense of Plod (taxpayer) awaits the driver of the silver saloon.[/p][/quote]You mean the red car that was stopped on the KEEP CLEAR bit? The merc looks to me that it was at fault especially as the police car had lights, and I'm guessing, sirens going. dented
  • Score: 7

9:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

angryangryangry says...

The police car obviously wants to carry on up St Albans Road, up the inside of the traffic line rather than going up Leavesden Road. Not sure the Merc driver could see them, if the police car HAD gone up Leavesden Road there may not have been a crash!
As for the police being taken to hospital - ridiculous, they were fine, walked to the ambulance of their own accord just rubbing his neck for effect! No doubt they will claim off the Merc for whiplash etc!
The police car obviously wants to carry on up St Albans Road, up the inside of the traffic line rather than going up Leavesden Road. Not sure the Merc driver could see them, if the police car HAD gone up Leavesden Road there may not have been a crash! As for the police being taken to hospital - ridiculous, they were fine, walked to the ambulance of their own accord just rubbing his neck for effect! No doubt they will claim off the Merc for whiplash etc! angryangryangry
  • Score: 3

9:30am Thu 27 Mar 14

TRT says...

Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn!
Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn! TRT
  • Score: 3

10:28am Thu 27 Mar 14

pepsiman says...

Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
BillyF2LRain wrote:
pepsiman wrote:
Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??
"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub".

I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.
Doh! You did a Homer!
Not guilty Your Honor - They changed the original story after I posted
[quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyF2LRain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??[/p][/quote]"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub". I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.[/p][/quote]Doh! You did a Homer![/p][/quote]Not guilty Your Honor - They changed the original story after I posted pepsiman
  • Score: 3

10:32am Thu 27 Mar 14

Boosey says...

TRT wrote:
Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn!
Silver car at fault, tried to slightly go back towards Leavesden Rd.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn![/p][/quote]Silver car at fault, tried to slightly go back towards Leavesden Rd. Boosey
  • Score: 0

10:49am Thu 27 Mar 14

TRT says...

Boosey wrote:
TRT wrote:
Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn!
Silver car at fault, tried to slightly go back towards Leavesden Rd.
If that's the case, they should have waited for the Keep Clear area to become fully clear. They'd never have made that turn the path they were taking.
[quote][p][bold]Boosey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: Silver car was obviously at fault. They failed to take effective observation of the road and appeared to be trying to turn right onto St Albans Road from the garage exit. Or were possibly even trying to do an illegal U-turn![/p][/quote]Silver car at fault, tried to slightly go back towards Leavesden Rd.[/p][/quote]If that's the case, they should have waited for the Keep Clear area to become fully clear. They'd never have made that turn the path they were taking. TRT
  • Score: 4

10:58am Thu 27 Mar 14

BillyF2LRain says...

pepsiman wrote:
Hornets number 12 fan wrote:
BillyF2LRain wrote:
pepsiman wrote:
Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??
"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub".

I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.
Doh! You did a Homer!
Not guilty Your Honor - They changed the original story after I posted
That's what they aaaaaaaall say...
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hornets number 12 fan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BillyF2LRain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: Great reporting, not, dumbo. Even the picture shows it outside the Dunnings pub??[/p][/quote]"A CCTV camera outside the Prince George Pub". I think YOU are the dumbo in this equation. The pub it is referring to is not the one besides which the crash occurred but the one that possessed the CCTV camera that captured the video. Dumbass.[/p][/quote]Doh! You did a Homer![/p][/quote]Not guilty Your Honor - They changed the original story after I posted[/p][/quote]That's what they aaaaaaaall say... BillyF2LRain
  • Score: 1

11:03am Thu 27 Mar 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

I'd like to know where the Police car driver actually thought he was going to go at that speed as going down the inside of stationary traffic he would have ran out of room very soon after going past the end of Leavesden Road. To be totally fair to the Silver car driver you would NOT expect a vehicle to be going straight on from the inside lane. I think the Police driver made an error of judgment here.
I'd like to know where the Police car driver actually thought he was going to go at that speed as going down the inside of stationary traffic he would have ran out of room very soon after going past the end of Leavesden Road. To be totally fair to the Silver car driver you would NOT expect a vehicle to be going straight on from the inside lane. I think the Police driver made an error of judgment here. Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 1

12:11pm Thu 27 Mar 14

garston tony says...

It is fair to assume that the police car had its siren going as well as the lights, therefore I put the fault with the other car here.

As to them coppers being ok and just going to the hospital for effect, its not that uncommon for people involved in accidents to be taken to hospital to be checked out even though outwardly they appear okay. Better safe than sorry
It is fair to assume that the police car had its siren going as well as the lights, therefore I put the fault with the other car here. As to them coppers being ok and just going to the hospital for effect, its not that uncommon for people involved in accidents to be taken to hospital to be checked out even though outwardly they appear okay. Better safe than sorry garston tony
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Reader (R) says...

That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him.

How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction.
Four wheels do not a cycle make.
That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him. How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction. Four wheels do not a cycle make. Reader (R)
  • Score: -2

3:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TRT says...

Reader (R) wrote:
That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him.

How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction.
Four wheels do not a cycle make.
If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention.
[quote][p][bold]Reader (R)[/bold] wrote: That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him. How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction. Four wheels do not a cycle make.[/p][/quote]If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention. TRT
  • Score: 3

4:14pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Hornets number 12 fan says...

TRT wrote:
Reader (R) wrote:
That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him.

How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction.
Four wheels do not a cycle make.
If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention.
Neither did the Police Driver! just because they are on an emergency does not entitle them to drive dangerously! The Sirens employed by emergency vehicles are not always audible to everyone.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reader (R)[/bold] wrote: That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him. How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction. Four wheels do not a cycle make.[/p][/quote]If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention.[/p][/quote]Neither did the Police Driver! just because they are on an emergency does not entitle them to drive dangerously! The Sirens employed by emergency vehicles are not always audible to everyone. Hornets number 12 fan
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Reader (R) says...

TRT wrote:
Reader (R) wrote:
That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him.

How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction.
Four wheels do not a cycle make.
If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention.
I fully understand how the public should react to situations like this as I was an emergency services driver in London. I can assure you that if I was on lights and siren I would have used that cycle lane with extreme caution especially as there was a vehicle length gap in front of the red car.

Also right behind the red car is a white van which is blocking the view of the driver of the silver car. More worrying is the fact that the same van blocked the view of the police vehicle which left the left filter lane and entered a cycle lane at speed. That was a lapse of concentration and could constitute driving without due care and attention.

It must also be mentioned that it was raining and this can dim the view out of side windows, the silver car driver might well of thought that he was about to impede an emergency vehicle and knowing he only had a cycle lane ahead of him cleared the other carriageway. The fact is that the police driver should have exercised extra vigilance as he was using a part of the road designated for cycles. Lights and sirens still mean that traffic laws have to be obeyed, he should have given greater caution to that gap in front of the red car this he did not do and the collision was the result.

It is all on camera and that will no doubt be viewed when it comes to apportioning blame.
[quote][p][bold]TRT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reader (R)[/bold] wrote: That police vehicle travelled along a left turn filter lane but then proceeded to drive straight ahead along a cycle lane. The other car driver obviously thought he was turning right with just a cycle lane ahead of him. How on earth could he be expected to encounter a speeding vehicle coming from his left. If he did indeed hear the sirens he would have reasonably assumed the emergency vehicle was going to follow the left turn direction. Four wheels do not a cycle make.[/p][/quote]If there's an emergency vehicle in the immediate area, use your mirror, indicate, pull over away from traffic islands and other obstructions and remain stationary until you have determined where the emergency vehicle is going. The driver of the silver car did not display due care and attention.[/p][/quote]I fully understand how the public should react to situations like this as I was an emergency services driver in London. I can assure you that if I was on lights and siren I would have used that cycle lane with extreme caution especially as there was a vehicle length gap in front of the red car. Also right behind the red car is a white van which is blocking the view of the driver of the silver car. More worrying is the fact that the same van blocked the view of the police vehicle which left the left filter lane and entered a cycle lane at speed. That was a lapse of concentration and could constitute driving without due care and attention. It must also be mentioned that it was raining and this can dim the view out of side windows, the silver car driver might well of thought that he was about to impede an emergency vehicle and knowing he only had a cycle lane ahead of him cleared the other carriageway. The fact is that the police driver should have exercised extra vigilance as he was using a part of the road designated for cycles. Lights and sirens still mean that traffic laws have to be obeyed, he should have given greater caution to that gap in front of the red car this he did not do and the collision was the result. It is all on camera and that will no doubt be viewed when it comes to apportioning blame. Reader (R)
  • Score: 4

4:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

overhere says...

The Merc had to cross a cycle lane as well before getting to Leavesden Road, had it not been a police car but a cyclist at that point it would have led to a much worse incident. The Merc should not have been turning at that speed, ergo their fault end of.
The Merc had to cross a cycle lane as well before getting to Leavesden Road, had it not been a police car but a cyclist at that point it would have led to a much worse incident. The Merc should not have been turning at that speed, ergo their fault end of. overhere
  • Score: 7

5:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

LocalBoy1 says...

overhere wrote:
The Merc had to cross a cycle lane as well before getting to Leavesden Road, had it not been a police car but a cyclist at that point it would have led to a much worse incident. The Merc should not have been turning at that speed, ergo their fault end of.
I am inclined to agree, the Mercedes was well into the cycle lane. It could have easily have been a cyclists.... And they pulled out into a keep clear zone did someone say?
[quote][p][bold]overhere[/bold] wrote: The Merc had to cross a cycle lane as well before getting to Leavesden Road, had it not been a police car but a cyclist at that point it would have led to a much worse incident. The Merc should not have been turning at that speed, ergo their fault end of.[/p][/quote]I am inclined to agree, the Mercedes was well into the cycle lane. It could have easily have been a cyclists.... And they pulled out into a keep clear zone did someone say? LocalBoy1
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Thu 27 Mar 14

TRT says...

They didn't even stop or slow down to check before emerging from a blindspot.
They didn't even stop or slow down to check before emerging from a blindspot. TRT
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Thu 27 Mar 14

watfordrick says...

I think that the most important thing in this story is that the advert that you have to view before the clip is actually 10 times longer than the clip itself ! WO sort it out !
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I think that the most important thing in this story is that the advert that you have to view before the clip is actually 10 times longer than the clip itself ! WO sort it out ! ! watfordrick
  • Score: 5

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