No major injuries after three-car accident involving a police officer

Thursday, April 12, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:01 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008
Columbia Police and Fire departments respond to a three-vehicle accident that involved a police officer on Wednesday. The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

A Columbia police officer was taken to University Hospital after the police car he was driving was rear-ended by a tow truck at the intersection of Providence Road and Research Park Drive at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Anthony Sapp, of Columbia, who drove the tow truck operated by I-70 Towing and Recovery, was unable to stop on the wet pavement and rear-ended a police car driven by officer William Lee in the left-turn lane, police said in a news release. Lee’s car was pushed into another car driven by Mary C. Garrett, of Columbia.

Sapp was uninjured, but Garrett said she had pain in her back and neck at the scene. Lee was taken to University Hospital with pain in his foot and leg, police said.

“He’s lucky” he wasn’t more seriously injured, said Columbia police Officer Chris Kelley. Kelley credited the Kevlar tray lining the trunk of the police car for preventing further injury to Lee. The driver-side airbag did not deploy despite extensive damage to the front and rear of the vehicle.

Police said no charges had been filed as the accident was still being investigated.

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