November 21, 2014

Omaha police officer injured during traffic stop

An Omaha police officer continues to recover from serious injuries after a traffic stop Thursday morning. Officer Lou Tomsu was investigating an accident between a garbage truck and a tow-truck hauling another garbage truck at 50th and L Streets. His cruiser was parked behind the vehicles when an SUV hit the rear end of the cruiser and pushed it into the garbage truck. Officer Tomsu was pinned in the cruiser.

Witness Chris Christensen says rescue crews had to use the jaws-of-life to get the officer out of the vehicle and that took a while. He saw the officer had blood on his face.

Officer Tomsu suffered broken ribs and a cut to the back of his head. He is in serious but stable condition.