MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police responded to a three-car accident in Frayser that left an officer injured Monday morning.
Police say the crash happened at Thomas Street and Whitney Avenue.
“I was going through the light and all of a sudden I noticed she was coming right at me, and I tried to turn to the right to try and avoid impact and she hit me right along the driver side,” said Brandy Huffer who says her SUV was hit by the officer’s car.
Huffer says at the time of the accident she didn’t know an officer was driving the vehicle she says hit her until she saw what the driver was wearing.
MPD says an officer in an unmarked squad car was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. The other two drivers declined medical assistance.
2022 has been a dangerous year for officers and first responders on the road. In January, a Memphis police officer and a civilian were killed in a crash in southeast Memphis.
In April, two MPD officers working an accident on I-40 were struck from behind. One of the officers was taken to the hospital.
Four people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving an MPD squad car in July. The officer who was driving was issued a citation for disregarding a red light.
An officer and a 73-year-old man were also injured in August when an MPD cruiser collided with a car while rushing to assist a fellow officer who was shot. In the same month, Memphis firefighter David Pleasant was killed, and three firefighters and a civilian were injured in a crash in South Memphis.
On Oct. 2, two firefighters were blocking traffic as paramedics worked to save crash victims when they were hit by a car.
Those are just some of the wrecks this year in Memphis involving first responders.
Brandy Huffer says drivers in Memphis just need to slow down.
“I just feel people need to be safer honestly, I can’t put blame on one person or the other, just people need to be aware and slow down,” Huffer said.