REDLANDS, Calif. (KABC) -- A Redlands police officer was hospitalized Friday morning after his patrol vehicle slammed into a power pole while he was responding to a report of a man with a gun, authorities said.
The crash happened about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Lugonia Avenue and Church Street, authorities said in a statement. The force of the impact sheared the pole, resulting in a power outage in the area.
News video from the scene showed the front end of the SUV in flames. The fire was extinguished and the officer was transported to a medical center with "broken bones and other major injuries," the Redlands Police Department said.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Redlands police officer hospitalized after patrol vehicle slams into power pole, causes outage