West Street in Sheffield city centre reopens following crash involving police car responding to emergency

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Traffic came to a standstill on West Street and surrounding roads this afternoon.

A crash involving a South Yorkshire Police dog car which was heading to an incident brought parts of Sheffield city centre to a standstill this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Police said the road re-opened at 7pm today, almost five hours after the collision.

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The collision prompted a large police response at the junction of West Street and Upper Hanover Street, where a police dog vehicle has a large dent in the side.

Nearby, a black taxi can be seen with significant damage to the front of the vehicle.

A black taxi involved in the accident took significant damage.A black taxi involved in the accident took significant damage.
A black taxi involved in the accident took significant damage. | NW

South Yorkshire Police said: "At 2.20pm this afternoon we received a report of a police vehicle in collision with a taxi at the Upper Hanover Street junction with Glossop Road and West Street in Sheffield.

"The police vehicle, a dog car, was responding to an incident on blue lights at the time of the collision.

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"Only minor injuries have been reported and the dog is safe and well.

The side of a police dog car was damaged severely in the collision with a taxi.The side of a police dog car was damaged severely in the collision with a taxi.
The side of a police dog car was damaged severely in the collision with a taxi. | NW

"The road is currently closed pending recovery of the vehicles."

Supertram and bus services through the area have been heavily disrupted.

Yellow and Blue route trams were not operating between Shalesmoor and Cathedral as a result, and tram tickets could not be accepted on buses due to the 52 route also being blocked. Services for both trams and buses are back to running as normal now.

Upper Hanover Street remains closed, other than cars turning left coming up West Street towards the university, as police cars remain on scene to deal with the incident.

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