MPD officer blamed for 5-car pile up

MPD officer blamed for 5 car pile up
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis police officer is now being blamed for a five-car crash that sent several people to the hospital.

The crash blocked Winchester Road sent several people to the hospital, including two police officers.

Police said the officers were responding to a carjacking call.

Officer Devin Thompson was the driver of the police cruiser when, according to police, he crashed into the rear of a Dodge caravan.

The crash started a chain reaction that resulted in a five-car pile up.

One resident that lived close to where the crash happened saw the police cruiser speeding by their home.

"I said, 'They are going to kill somebody,' and before I could complete that, the crash happened," the resident, who did not want to be identified, said.

"The accelerator had to be on the floor," another resident said.

A look at surveillance video from one home shows the cruiser as they approach the hill near Winchester and Lakeview roads just moments before the crash. It is not clear if the officers' lights and sirens were on before the accident.

From the Winchester-Lakeview intersection to the location of the crash, Pebbles Road and Green Road, it's 3.8 miles. The officers would have had to pass through seven stop lights.

According to the police report, the carjacking victims didn't even stay on the scene and likely were gone by the time the officers were responding to the scene.

"If a carjacking happened, it happened. You're going to get there, slow down," one resident said.

For residents who live near where the crash happened, they hope this will serve as a reminder for everyone to slow down, including police officers.

"They have to realize they are driving vehicles, not helicopters."

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