Live Oak police officer, two children airlifted following crash

Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 9:56 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

December 1, 2016

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WCTV) -- Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash on Wednesday involving a patrol car in Live Oak, Suwannee County Fire Rescue reports.

Around 6:30 p.m., SCFR units along with law enforcement responded to the two-vehicle crash on Ohio Ave (US 129) near the intersection of Andre Davis Street.

One of the vehicles involved was a Live Oak Police Department patrol car that was en route to a burglary in progress with its emergency lights activated.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Officer Quinton Swader, 24, swerved to avoid an improperly parked tractor trailer when his vehicle collided with a Toyota Corolla.

SCFR says three patients - two minors and the officer - were airlifted to UF Health in Gainesville with serious injuries.

Another minor and 44-year-old Daisy Edgar of Live Oak were treated for minor injuries.

The Live Oak Police Department says Officer Swader has been released from the hospital and is "doing okay."

The northbound lane of Ohio Avenue was blocked for several hours as crews investigated the scene. All lanes have since reopened.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and charges are pending further investigation.