Plantation Police Officer Injured in Head-On Crash Upgraded to Serious Condition

Investigators are not yet sure how a police car and SUV collided head-on in the eastbound lanes of West Broward Boulevard

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    Investigators are not yet sure how a police car and SUV collided head-on in the eastbound lanes of West Broward Boulevard.

    A veteran Plantation police officer injured in a head-on collision with an SUV Tuesday afternoon has been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

    25-year veteran K-9 officer Curtis Hampton was on-duty patroling at the time of the accident, a PPD spokesperson said.

    Investigators are still working to determine how his patrol car and a gold SUV came to collide head-on in eastbound lanes of West Broward Boulevard at 70th Avenue, though early reports from the scene suggest the SUV may have possibly veered into oncoming traffic.

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    A police officer was airlifted to Broward General after a car crash involving at least three cars. His K-9 partner appears to have minor injuries.

    Plantation Fire Rescue used Jaws of Life to extract Hampton from the wreckage, and he was airlifted to Broward General Hospital in a sheriff's office helicopter.

    After Hampton was removed from his crushed patrol car, other officers coaxed his K-9 partner Rudi from the backseat of the vehicle.

    The dog was examined at a local animal clinic and found to have no major injuries, a police spokesperson said.

    The driver of the SUV was transported by ground to Broward General in serious condition, officials said.

    A third person in a Toyota Corolla believed to have rear-ended the officer's vehicle after it was struck suffered minor injuries.

    Lanes in both directions of West Broward Boulevard were closed into Tuesday evening as the investigation continued.