Two police cars were wrecked Monday in unrelated crashes — both in West Seattle, both causing minor injuries.
The first collision happened at 5:45 p.m., sending an 11-year-old girl to the hospital. The two-car crash involved a police car as an officer responded to a carjacking in South Park, as the vehicle was driven uphill into West Seattle.
The crash happened at 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Barton Street, in the Westwood area.
The officer was driving south on 35th, parallel to the main pursuit several blocks east, to cut off any move west toward 35th by the suspected carjackers, a sergeant at the scene said.
At some point, the officer on 35th made a U-turn to go north at the same time a white car — not the stolen car — hit the police car’s passenger side, police said.
The girl, a passenger in the white car, complained of a headache and nausea, and was taken to a hospital. Two other people in the white car were not hurt, but police said the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The stolen car was found abandoned at 21st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Henderson Street, near White Center. Police said two carjacking suspects ran off.
Traffic near the crash site on 35th was blocked for more than three hours.
Then at 9 p.m., another police car got tangled with a car carrying a family through the wide junction of Highland Park Way Southwest and West Marginal Way Southwest.
Five people were taken to hospitals.
The driver, in her 30s, had a shoulder injury, three girls had scrapes or other minor injuries, and a 1-year-old boy was unhurt. Firefighters extricated the police officer, who had a shoulder injury, according to Fire Department tweets.