3rd officer-involved crash in days

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Orange Park police officer was involved in a crash on I-295 between the Buckman Bridge and Roosevelt Blvd. The crash  happened around 3:20 a.m. Monday.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports the officer lost control of his vehicle on the wet roadway and hit the outside emergency parking lane on U.S. 17. He had minor injuries from the crash.

This is the third officer-involved crash in less than a week.

A second officer-involved crash happened at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of East Bay and North Ocean streets. 

Investigators said the cruiser was heading west on E. Bay Street toward the Main Street Bridge. Another car heading into downtown is believed to have run a red light and side swiped the cruiser.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Two police officers were in the cruiser that was hit. The driver had neck pain after the crash but it was said to be minor. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The other officer and the driver of the other car both were not hurt.

A third officer-involved crash happened Thursday evening in Middleburg when a Clay County Sheriff's Office Sergeant was transported to the hospital from a hit-and-run crash. Police say the driver of a truck turned into the path of the patrol car. After the crash, the truck took off south on Blanding Boulevard. Deputies are looking for a two-toned Ford F-250. The top of the vehicle is a dark color and the bottom is tan. Deputies say the vehicle has front-end damage.

Anyone with information on these crashes should call police.