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Patrol vehicle strikes pole after it tried to avoid motorist who ran red light

A Buffalo police office was injured Tuesday morning when his patrol vehicle struck a pole at Genesee Street and Fillmore Avenue.

The officer, whose identity was not released, was responding to a call about 11:30 a.m. and heading north on Fillmore when another vehicle that was traveling on Genesee ran a red light, according to the Buffalo Police Department.

The officer in the patrol vehicle had to swerve to avoid the other vehicle and struck a pole, investigators said. The officer was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 66-year-old Cheektowaga man, was issued several traffic summonses, including failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and running a red light.

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