Omaha police officer seriously injured in crash near 50th, L after SUV hits cruiser - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm / Updated at 10:11 pm
Omaha police officer seriously injured in crash near 50th, L after SUV hits cruiser

An Omaha police officer was seriously injured Thursday when a sport-utility vehicle slammed into a stopped police cruiser.

The force of the collision at 50th and L Streets pushed the cruiser into a garbage truck and pinned Officer Louis Tomsu, Sgt. Joseph Collins said.

Tomsu, 46, suffered rib fractures and a cut on the back of his head. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Tomsu's injuries were not believed to be life threatening, Collins said.

The driver of the SUV was not injured.

The collision occurred about 2 p.m. as Tomsu's cruiser, a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria, was parked behind an accident that had occurred earlier between a tow truck attached to a garbage truck and a second garbage truck, Collins said.

The cruiser was facing west, just east of 50th and L Streets, blocking traffic with its rotating lights on, Collins said.

A westbound 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Michele Eshelman, 39, of Omaha collided with the rear of the cruiser and pushed it into the towed garbage truck, Collins said.

Collins said the investigation was incomplete. He did not say if Eshelman was ticketed.

Contact the writer: Kevin Cole

kevin.cole@owh.com    |   402-444-1272    |  

Kevin Cole covers workings of police, courts and government and writes features about interesting subjects in Omaha and the surrounding counties.

Airbnb event seeks Omaha-area hosts for Berkshire weekend, CWS
USDA offers aid for disasters that have driven up beef prices
Union Pacific's profits withstand challenging weather
Program gets students with disabilities on the job, ready for future
Nebrasks health officials to advertise jobs via drive-thru
New tenant moves in at old Omar Baking
Applications for U.S. jobless aid edge up to 304,000
Nebraska Crossing Outlets stores, layout
Garbo’s Salon at Midtown Crossing to expand, add loft
New First Data Corp. board member is latest JPMorgan alum
$600 million job-training effort to focus on skill sets
Original Recipe or Extra Crispy? Don't be chicken! Wear your dinner to prom with a KFC corsage
In brief: Bitcoin exchange faces liquidation
Summer concerts to start May 30 at Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion
Fed survey sees growth across U.S.
Janet Yellen signals that interest rates will remain low
Special Mustang to honor pony car at 50
Spring planting off to slow start
Indoor play center Go Kids’ Gym opens at 120th and I
Community woodworking space Bench will move to warehouse at 12th and Nicholas
Stationery store set to open in Lincoln's Haymarket district
Jon Barker replaces Hayneedle co-founder Doug Nielsen as chief executive
Technology – including Google Glass – gets a try-on at Omaha Infotec conference
GROW Nebraska plans entrepreneurship conference
Google applies for patent for camera in contact lens
Deadline Deal thumbnail
Dr. Welbes Natural Health Clinic
$129 for 2 LipoLaser Sessions with Additional Complimentary Services ($605 value)
Buy Now
< >
SPOTLIGHT »
Inside Business
To submit an announcement for "Inside Business", click here. For questions call (402) 444-1371 or e-mail announcements@owh.com.
WORLD-HERALD ALERTS »
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for Omaha.com's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »