Albion police officer injured in crash

An Albion police car is towed pulled back towards State Road 8 after an officer flipped the car early Friday morning.
An Albion police car is towed pulled back towards State Road 8 after an officer flipped the car early Friday morning.

ALBION, Ind. (WANE) – An Albion police officer was hospitalized early Friday morning after flipping his police cruiser while responding to an emergency call.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to State Road 8 near County Road 150 East shortly after midnight. The officer, Kylen Branham, was responding to the Noble County Jail for an inmate who needed medical attention.

Investigators with the Noble County Sheriff’s Department said Branham was traveling westbound on State Road 8 when he lost traction near a bridge. The cruiser went over the center line and off the south side of the road. A sheriff’s deputy said the car rolled two-and-a-half times before landing on its roof. The car then slid about fifty feet in a snowy field before coming to a stop.

Deputies said Branham was communicating with dispatchers while pinned inside the vehicle and waiting for help. Branham was able to reach for a knife and cut the seat belt which was choking him while he was trapped inside the car.

Branham was taken to a Kendallville hospital where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He had a good amount of blood coming from the area of one of his ears, according to a deputy at the crash scene.

Branham has been full-time with the Albion Police Department since September of 2011, according to the Albion Police Department’s website. He first joined the department in 2009 as a reserve officer.

The area of the road where the officer crashed was partially covered with snow and ice.

Emergency lights in the rear of the unmarked vehicle where still flashing as a tow truck pulled the mangled car back towards the road. The top of the car was caved in and all the windows appeared to have been broken.

The Noble County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the crash.

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