Police officers’ miraculous escape after car smash

Three police officers had a miraculous escape after their car crashed into a wall and flipped onto its roof in an early morning smash in the Rosemount area of the city.

The incident took place shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday morning on a stretch of the Creggan Road known locally as the ‘Bywash’.

Eyewitnesses say the police vehicle was travelling in the direction of Creggan when it appeared to strike a traffic island before crashing into a wall at Osborne Street and flipping over on its roof just yards from a house.

Local householders say the occupants of the car “are lucky to be alive.”

One eyewitness said: “It was an awful crash. The car hit the wall and flew over on its roof.”

Another resident added: “I heard the most awful bang and jumped out of my bed. I saw the car lying there - it was unbelievable.

“We didn’t even know it was a police car until the officers climbed out of the vehicle.

“It’s a miracle nobody was killed.”

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses.

They say the three officers in the car were treated in hospital for their injuries and were released later that morning.

A spokesperson said: “The crew was responding to an emergency domestic incident. Police would also like to thank local residents who

left their homes to offer assistance to the officers.”

The telephone number to ring is 0845 600 8000.