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Canton officer taken to hospital after police cruiser slides off road, hits tree

Police say the driver, who was unhurt, was getting into position to make a traffic stop when the car slid while making a turn.

CANTON, Ohio — A Canton officer was taken to the hospital Friday after the police cruiser he was riding in apparently slid off the road and crashed into a tree.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the officer, identified as 26-year-old M. Thomas, was a passenger in the car around 3:30 p.m. when the driver and his fellow officer was apparently trying to get into position to make a traffic stop southbound along Myrtle Avenue Northwest. As he attempted to make a right turn onto West 18th Street, he lost control of the vehicle, and it went off the left side of the road and struck the tree.

The driver, a 25-year-old from Massillon, was not hurt. Thomas was taken to Aultman Hospital for evaluation of "possible injuries."

Photos provided by OSHP showed heavy damage to the police cruiser's front end. The matter remains under investigation.

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