2 crashes in less than a week leave Dayton officers injured

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Dayton say an officer has been hurt after his patrol car was hit while he was responding to a crash on Interstate 75.

It’s the second in less than a week that a Dayton officer has been hit at a crash scene by a passing vehicle.

Police say the officer hit Thursday morning was banged up but will be OK. The crash happened on southbound I-75.

Another officer who was hit last Friday remains in a hospital and is recovering from serious injuries in that crash.

Officer Byron Branch was outside of his cruiser responding to a crash when a driver lost control and struck the rookie officer’s vehicle.