Photo courtesy of Graham Fire & Rescue

Photo courtesy of Graham Fire & Rescue

Federal Way officer rear-ends woman, children in Graham

Minor injuries reported from the two-car collision.

A Federal Way police officer rear-ended a vehicle occupied by a woman and several children in Graham on Thursday morning.

At about 11 a.m. Feb. 18 near the 28800 block of Meridian Avenue East in Graham, a woman driving a blue Suburban southbound on the two-lane State Route 161 was preparing to make a left turn, according to Trooper Ryan Burke of Washington State Patrol. The woman was “legally stopped in the roadway” when her vehicle was struck from behind by the Federal Way officer’s car.

Burke said two or three children were also in the blue Suburban.

The involved Federal Way officer was on the way home from his shift, said Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way police. The 48-year-old officer has been with the department for 11 years.

According to Burke, the officer and the other driver are receiving care at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The officer is alert and awake, and the woman has minor injuries, Burke said. The children in the car were checked for injuries and cleared at the scene.

The speed limit along the road where the crash occurred is 40 mph.

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