Late-night accident injures three, including South City officer

A South San Francisco police officer and two Daly City residents were injured late Saturday night when a police cruiser hit a car as it made a left turn.

The accident occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. at Second Street and El Camino Real.

All three people involved in the accident were transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Preliminary reports indicate no alcohol was involved, said Officer Herman Quon with the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident.

Quon said that South City Police Officer Matt McNichol — who wasn’t responding to a call — was traveling northbound in the left-hand lane on El Camino Real in a marked cruiser as a Honda Civic attempted a left turn onto Second.

“The unit T-boned [the Honda] when it did that,” Quon said.

Capt. Glen Miller of South City Fire said the civilian vehicle flipped over on its roof and slid into the Hallmark House motel, causing minor damage to the motel.

Miller said that it took crews some time to get McNichol, who was “banged up,” out of his cruiser, but all three were taken to San Francisco General with “non-urgent” injuries. McNichol, 31, is a six-year veteran of the police force, Miller said.

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