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Collision with semi on I-75 injures 2 city police officers

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A police car is towed down Alexis Road after an early morning crash on north I-75. Officers Michael Haynes, 34, and James Taylor, 37, were treated at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center and released. The Tennessee truck driver also was treated there.

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Two Toledo police officers were injured yesterday when their patrol car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer rig on northbound I-75 near Ottawa River Road, authorities said.

Officers Michael Haynes, 34, and James Taylor, 37, were taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where they were treated and released.

The officers were on northbound I-75 near Alexis Road about 6:15 a.m. yesterday, checking out several accidents reportedly caused by black ice on the roads.

They noticed a jackknifed truck in the southbound lanes of I-75 near the Ottawa River entrance ramp and slowed or stopped to get off the highway, a report said.

The patrol car was struck from behind by the semi, heavily damaging the police car.

The truck driver, Lonnie Edmonds of Jacksboro, Tenn., was treated at St. Vincent for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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