Splendora officer injured in big-rig crash

SPLENDORA, Texas - A Splendora police officer was seriously injured Monday when his patrol car slammed into a big rig.

Investigators said Officer Ryan Simpson, 28, was responding to a shooting call when he hit an 18-wheeler near the intersection of FM 1485 and Roberts Road at 1:40 a.m.

The patrol car was wedged underneath the big rig, trapping Simpson. It took emergency officials 30 minutes to pry him out of the car.

Simpson was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital by a medical helicopter in critical condition. He suffered severe leg, ankle and chest injuries, investigators said. He had surgery Monday morning.

The Texas Department of Public safety is working to determine what Simpson was doing in the seconds leading up to the crash.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was not at fault, detectives said.

Investigators said the patrol officer was looking for a shooting suspect when the crash happened.

Police said the shooting happened at midnight and the suspect ran into a wooded area off Nottingham in the Peach Creek Forest subdivision.

The victim was shot in the stomach and taken to Kingwood Hospital, where he is expected to be OK. The victim's name was not released.

The shooter has not yet been caught.

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