AKRON -- An Akron police officer was involved in a crash around 11 p.m. Wednesday night.

Authorities say the cruiser was traveling northbound on South Main Street when it was struck by a 2004 Ford Escape that was driving westbound on East Miller Street.

Police say the driver of the Ford ran a flashing red light, which caused the crash. The Ford Escape then overturned to its roof.

The officer, identified as a 22-year veteran assigned to the traffic bureau, was taken to Akron City Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Escape, a 27-year-old woman from Tallmadge, was taken to Akron General Medical Center.

Neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

The incident remains under investigation and police say alcohol appears to be a factor. Charges are expected.

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