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Police Officer Hurt In Traffic Accident In Ventura County

A police officer is recovering from injuries suffered after a car smashed into a parked patrol unit in Simi Valley.

The accident happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday, at the intersection of Cochran Street and Bigelow Avenue in Simi Valley. The officer was stopped on Bigelow when a car headed eastbound on Cochran veered to the right, and hit the patrol unit.

Ventura County firefighters had to use special equipment to free both the officer and the other driver, a 72 year old man, from their vehicles.

Both drivers were taken to a hospital for treatment of what’s described as non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.