Toronto police are investigating after an officer got into a crash while responding to a call on Wednesday morning.
Dashcam video from a CityNews viewer shows the heart-stopping moment when a cruiser T-boned a car at Keele and Bloor streets just after 8:30 a.m. That car then spun out of control and hit another vehicle.
“All of a sudden there was a big boom and everybody looked out,” a witness named Jackie told CityNews. “It’s a miracle nobody got hurt because the smash [was] really big.”
The woman in the T-boned car had only minor injuries. The officer was shaken up and given the rest of the day off.
In the video, the southbound traffic lights were red, but it appears northbound traffic on Keele might have had an advanced green.
Police said two cruisers were going west on Bloor when the crash happened and were responding to a call for a child who had overdosed.
The probe will look into whether the officer involved was using his full lights and sirens and whether he went through a red light.
“So if the light is red — obviously we do have exemptions to go through that red — it does come with the caveat that we have to come to a stop to proceed through it,” said Const. Victor Kwong.
“Charges are always possible in any investigation such as this. Toronto police have to follow and abide by the Highway Traffic Act as well.”
Once 11 Division and highway patrol officers have finished their investigation, the Toronto police professional standards division will decide whether charges and further training are needed.