Police car carrying prisoner crashes on I-15

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego Police Department cruiser transporting a prisoner crashed into the center divider before coming to a stop on the hillside next to Interstate 15, forcing California Highway Patrol to close all lanes but one south of University Avenue.

Police said that the officer had a medical emergency at around 1 p.m. and lost control of the vehicle.

Rescuers removed the driver and his passenger from the cruiser. The officer was unresponsive at first, but later was conscious and speaking to medical personnel. The prisoner, who was handcuffed and in a seatbelt at the time of the accident, was unhurt according to SDPD officer Dino Delimitros. Both were taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

The collision caused a heavy traffic jam as CHP diverted afternoon traffic until lanes reopened.