By Karen Kucher
Source The San Diego Union-Tribune
A San Diego police officer suffered minor injuries when her patrol SUV collided with a San Diego trolley in downtown Thursday morning, officials said.
The collision was reported on First Avenue and C Street, near City Hall, around 7:50 a.m. The injured officer was transported to a hospital and was being treated for minor injures, said San Diego police Officer David O'Brien.
Police had been called shortly after 7:45 a.m. by someone who spotted several people inside a vehicle on First and B Street donning ski masks, with at least one person reportedly armed with a gun, O'Brien said.
Two people were contacted at the location by officers, but a third person took off running, which prompted a call for assistance. The officer who was involved in the collision was responding "lights and siren" heading north on First collided with the trolley that was heading east on C Street, said police Lt. Adam Sharki.
"It sounds like she was in the car and sustained injuries by being hit by the (trolley)," O'Brien said. "Her injuries are minor."
Sharki said after the injured officer got out of the damaged SUV, the vehicle caught on fire. Firefighters responded and put out the fire, he said.
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System said eastbound trolley service was being delayed because of the collision. In a tweet, the agency said the Orange and Blue lines between City College and Santa Fe Depot was halted, with delays expected to last a few hours. MTS directed riders to bus service on Broadway.
O'Brien said three people involved in the initial call were detained. No further details were immediately available.
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