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Van With 78-Year-Old Woman Behind Wheel Rams Police Car In Ventura County

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A van with a 78-year-old woman behind the wheel smashed an Oxnard Police car head-on, but fortunately no one was hurt.

Investigators are trying to determine what led to a bizarre head-on collision between a van and a police patrol car on the South Coast.

Oxnard Police were sent to the intersection of Fifth Street and Rose Avenue Friday night by reports of a van stopped on the railroad tracks.  A patrol car reached the scene less than a minute later. 

Officers say when they turned a spotlight on the van, it accelerated off the tracks. It first went against traffic on Fifth Street, and then the wrong way on Rose Avenue.  It sideswiped a truck before smashing head-on into a patrol car.

The van’s driver turned out to be a confused 78-year-old woman.  Investigators think she either had a medical or psychiatric issue.  Fortunately, no one was hurt.  The woman wasn’t arrested, but was taken to a hospital for observation.