OPD officer injured after multi-vehicle accident on I-80

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- An Omaha Police officer was seriously injured Tuesday after a multi-vehicle accident on I-80 westbound at Q Street.

Officer Brian Vanderheiden was assisting another officer in a traffic stop at mile marker 444.2 just before 9 a.m. when the accident happened.

According to reports, a white cargo van attempted to change lanes in order to make room for the police cruisers. The van was struck by a blue 1995 Ford Taurus causing the chain reaction accident. The van collided with both police cruisers that were parked on the outside shoulder.

Officer Vanderheiden was transported to a local hospital in serious condition, with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the van was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 near the I-L-Q exit was shut down. Police directed traffic onto L Street during the clean-up. The crash is still under investigation.