Critical investigation underway  following Fairfield West crash

A critical incident investigation is underway after a car collided with a truck in Fairfield on Thursday afternoon shortly after a police pursuit had been called off.

Shortly before 3pm (November 8), a police vehicle attached to Liverpool Police Area Command attempted to stop a Mitsubishi sedan on Elizabeth Street at Liverpool.

When the vehicle became stuck in traffic officers approached the vehicle, which sped away striking one officer’s hand. The vehicle fled along North Liverpool Road.

The Mitsubishi was eventually spotted by a Highway Patrol Vehicle from Fairfield and a short pursuit commenced at Fairfield West.

The pursuit was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns. The POLAIR helicopter followed the vehicle as it approached the intersection of Smithfield Road and King Road.

As the Mitsubishi entered the intersection, allegedly against a red traffic light, it was involved in a collision with a garbage truck.

Police attended and arrested a 26-year-old man who was driving the Mitsubishi. The man was treated at the scene for possible head injuries and a laceration to the arm. He was conveyed to Liverpool Hospital in a serious condition where he remains under police guard.

The truck driver was treated by Ambulance paramedics for possible fractures and conveyed to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition.

The injured police officer received treatment for an injury to her hand.

A critical incident team will investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident. That investigation will be subject to independent review.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed or has vision of the incident, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.