CLARK, NJ – A Clark police officer was taken to the hospital after a collision at the intersection of Raritan Road and Central Avenue at approximately 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

The officer was travelling east on Raritan Road, responding to an emergency call at the Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, when the accident occurred, Clark Chief of Police Pedro Matos said. 

A witness who was in the northbound left-turn lane of Central Avenue said the officer’s lights and sirens were on.  She said that the northbound Central Avenue light turned green and the driver of a red Grand Cherokee entered the intersection as the officer drove through.  

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The collision forced the police car into the center lane of westbound Raritan Road.

Matos said the officer complained of neck pain and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The air bags in the police car deployed.

“In fact, those are the dangers of emergency vehicle driving,” Matos said.  He said the police vehicle dashboard camera video would be reviewed by the accident investigation team to determine exactly what occurred.

The driver of the red Grand Cherokee remained at the scene and was evaluated by Westfield EMS.