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Two cops collide

FARMINGTON – Two officers were hospitalized after their patrol vehicles collided about midnight Thursday.

Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker said the two officers, Ryan Barron and Cliff Bone, were responding to a disturbance at a local restaurant that was later downgraded to a customer leaving without paying.

He said the officers were driving west on Karsch, without their lights and sirens activated, when they got a description of the customer’s vehicle from the dispatcher.

Baker said Barron, who was ahead of Bone in the right lane, thought he saw the vehicle traveling east on Karsch. As he was making a U-turn to pursue the vehicle, he turned into the path of Bone’s vehicle.

He said Bone tried to slow down to avoid being hit but the two vehicles collided.

Baker said both officers were initially taken to Parkland Health Center. Bone was treated for minor injuries while Barron was later taken to Barnes Hospital for treatment of an injury to his pelvis and spleen.

Baker said Barron is in stable condition and he will be fine.

Since the accident involved a police officer, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident per department policy.

Baker said he appreciates all the help and support the officers received from emergency medical teams, the fire department and the highway patrol.

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