Speed was a factor in a crash involving a Roanoke police cruiser and a tractor-trailer early Friday morning, according to the Roanoke Police Department.

The officer was hurt, but is expected to be OK. The accident happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday at the intersection of 24th Street and Shenandoah Ave., NW.

The officer was responding to a 9-1-1 call from a screaming woman in the 800 block of Marshall Ave.

The tractor-trailer legally went through the intersection headed east on Shenandoah. The police cruiser, which was headed south on 24th Street, was unable to stop. It appears that the officer’s speed was a factor, according to a news release from the Roanoke Police Department.

It appears that the officer was using his emergency equipment.


A Roanoke police officer is in the hospital after a wreck with a tractor trailer early Friday morning.

The officer was responding to a call about a woman screaming around 3:30 a.m. when he collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Shenandoah Ave. and 24th Street.

His injuries are not life-threatening, according to Scott Leamon, police spokesperson. The officer was driving in an unmarked patrol car at the time.

Several streets were closed because of the accident. The detours were lifted around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

On Friday morning, Shenandoah Ave. was closed at 20th Street and 30th Street. The intersection of 24th Street and Salem Turnpike was closed, as well as 24th Street and Johnson Street.

Police detoured traffic and urged drivers to avoid that area.

Leamon says there's no word on what happened with the screaming woman.

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A Roanoke wreck is blocking several streets off of a busy road.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Shenandoah Ave. and 24th Street. That's the Shaffer's Crossing area.

Police are directing traffic.

They don't know yet how long those roads will be blocked.

There's no word yet if the truck driver is injured.

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