HPD officer, driver hospitalized after crash during rush hour traffic stop

HOUSTON — An officer was hospitalized Thursday morning after a driver crashed into his patrol car during a traffic stop on I-10 east, the Houston Police Department said.

The officer was stopped on the major freeway near Holland Street when the vehicle slammed into the back of the unit, investigators said. Both the officer and the driver were taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Police said a pickup truck also at the scene had bumper damage. It's not clear whether the truck was involved in the accident. However, the truck's license plates do indicate that the owner is a firefighter.

The crash shut down the freeway causing significant delays during the morning rush.

An investigation is ongoing.