Officer mildly injured in SoMa crash

A police officer was not seriously injured in a crash with another vehicle in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood late this morning, a police spokesman said.

The fire department received reports that a police car had been struck by another vehicle near the corner of Eighth and Harrison streets, near an Interstate Highway 80 off-ramp, at 11:41 a.m., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The police officer was driving west on Harrison Street and the other car was headed south on Eighth Street when they collided, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. The officer was taken to the hospital with a complaint of pain but was awake and communicative. Esparza said his injuries do not appear to be serious.

The other driver was not taken to the hospital and stayed at the scene. Esparza said police are still trying to determine who had the right of way at the intersection. Talmadge said there were initial reports that the civilian driver had run a red light, but those reports have not been confirmed.

Harrison Street was blocked between Seventh and Ninth streets and Eighth Street was blocked between Folsom and Harrison streets as a result of the collision. The highway off-ramp at Eighth Street was also closed. Streets in the area reopened by about 12:30 p.m.