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Wadsworth Police K9 safe after crash involving police cruiser

The officer and K9 officer had responded to the scene of another crash when the cruiser was hit.

MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio — A Wadsworth Police cruiser with a K9 officer inside of it was struck on I-76 in Medina County Monday night, as the officers responded to another weather-related crash on the highway.

Wadsworth Police say the cruiser was parked in the left lane of I-76 around 9 p.m. Monday evening as officers responded to the scene of a one-vehicle rollover accident near State Route 57. K9 Zoro stayed in the car as the officer got out to check on the crash.

Then, police say a minivan was attempting to go around the rollover crash when it hit another passenger vehicle, then the parked police cruiser, which had Zoro inside it.

Wadsworth Police say Zoro was not injured when the cruiser he was in was hit, though they think he may have been shaken up. He is said to be doing just fine and was back in good spirits shortly after the crash Monday night.

There were no injuries reported in the initial rollover crash, nor in the secondary crash involving the police cruiser. I-76 was shut down for about two hours while crews worked to clear the crashes and complete their investigation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash involving the police cruiser.