Two of the three San Francisco police officers who were injured in a crash in Potrero Hill early this morning remain hospitalized but the third has been released, a police spokesman said. When the accident happened around 1:40 a.m., the officers were in an unmarked police car and were responding to a report of a man with a knife at 24th and York streets in the Mission District. They were traveling south on Potrero Avenue when their blue Ford sedan struck a light pole on the southeast corner of the 19th Street intersection, police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.
The three officers were taken to San Francisco General Hospital where one was in critical condition and another was in fair condition. The third officer was treated and released after the crash. All three are expected to survive, Andraychak said. Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White visited the officers in the hospital this morning, according to Andraychak. The cause of the crash has not been determined. Drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, but the driver will undergo testing, as is standard procedure.
The crash is being investigated by the Police Department’s major accident investigation team and its hit-and-run detail, which investigates collisions involving serious injuries.
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