Another cop injured in car crash

A 15th District police officer suffered minor injuries when he was involved in a car crash near Frankford and Cottman avenues in Northeast Philly about an hour ago.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore said the unidentified officer was responding to an officer assist call when his cruiser collided with another car. The officer, who complained of pain in his side, was taken to Jeanes Hospital for observation. No other injuries were reported.

Officer Christoper Simone, meanwhile, was still listed tonight in critical but stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital from the injuries he sustained in a brutal car wreck yesterday morning. Simone, a 12-year veteran, was also responding to an assist call when police officials said another motorist smashed into his cruiser at Broad and Spring Garden streets at about 1 a.m. Simone suffered head trauma, broken ribs and a broken leg and was put in a medically induced coma. The female driver of the other car, who has not been identified, was upgraded to stable condition earlier today, police said.