A MOTORCYCLIST was knocked off his bike and taken to hospital after a collision with a police car on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads.
The biker was travelling along Penistone Road when he was involved in a smash with the police car at 10.50am yesterday.
South Yorkshire Police said the car was ‘responding to an incident’ at the time of the collision.
Police had to close off the road in both directions while paramedics dealt with the motorcyclist and firefighters made both vehicles safe.
Police have confirmed the accident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate.
It has not yet been revealed which way the vehicles were travelling at the time of the impact.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is believed that a police car was responding to an incident and was travelling along Penistone Road, Sheffield, when it was involved in a collision with a motorbike.
“The motorbike rider’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening at this time.”
Motorist Jen Foster, who came across the aftermath of the crash, said: “It was at the junction of Penistone Road and Albert Terrace Road.
“The fire, police and ambulance services were all on the scene. There looked to be one police car involved and traffic was backed up both ways along Penistone Road and Albert Terrace Road, between Infirmary Road and Penistone Road, was closed.”
The crash came less than a week after another emergency service vehicle was involved in a collision on a South Yorkshire Road.
Last Sunday a pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a fast response ambulance car, which was not on its way to an emergency.
The 30-year-old was walking on the pavement next to the Alhambra shopping centre, Westway, Barnsley, when he crossed the road into the path of a Yorkshire Ambulance Service Skoda Octavia.
The man, from Didsbury, Manchester, was taken to Barnsley Hospital with serious injuries.
Police said the 49-year-old woman from Rotherham who was driving the ambulance car was unharmed.
n Witnesses to either incident should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.