Six hurt as police vehicle collides with family car
POLICE are investigating a crash involving a police car which left six people injured.
The police vehicle was in collision with a family car near the Torre Abbey gates at the junction of Walnut Road and Chestnut Avenue in Torquay.
Two children, aged five and six, were among those who suffered minor injuries in the accident which left both cars badly damaged.
The children's parents were also checked out at Torbay Hospital, as were the two police officers.
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All were later released, although one of the children was kept in the ward overnight.
The main road was blocked for more than four hours as the scene was cleared following the incident at 4pm on December 27.
Fire crews were quickly on the scene but all passengers were free of the vehicles by the time fire engines arrived.
The green Ford Mondeo registered to owners in Torquay and the Devon and Cornwall police white Ford Focus estate car had collided.
Paramedics from the ambulance service assessed all the injured at the scene and transferred them to Torbay Hospital.
Police confirmed the younger of the two children was suffering from shock while the older one was kept in overnight for observation before being released.
The four adults involved all suffered minor seatbelt-related injuries.
A police spokesman said the cause of the collision was unclear and issued an appeal for witnesses.
She said there was no indication the police car had been involved in a pursuit of any other vehicle at the time of the crash.
She added: "We will be treating this incident as a standard road traffic collision."
Anyone who has information should call 1010 quoting log 538 of the December 27.