NYC police officer dies, 8 hurt in van
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[September 22, 2014]
(Reuters) - A New York City police
officer died, and eight others were injured when their van crashed into
a barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said.
Michael Williams, 25, was thrown through a back window of the
police van after it hit a barrier around 5 a.m. local time (0900
GMT) and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, the New York
Police Department said in a statement.
The eight other officers in the van were also hurt, though none of
their injuries were life-threatening, police said. No other vehicles
were involved in the accident.
"Today we mourn the loss of one of the finest and pray for the
speedy recovery of those officers injured this morning in a vehicle
accident," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in the statement.
The New York Times reported that Williams, a rookie at the
department, and the other officers were traveling from a
violence-plagued section of the Bronx to patrol a massive climate
change demonstration that brought hundreds of thousands of people
onto the streets of New York City.
The department's Collision Investigation Squad was probing the
accident, police said.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Jeremy
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