By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A civilian was injured in a three-vehicle crash involving an off-duty Keizer Police K-9 officer Monday afternoon.

The crash at 4:11 p.m. was at River Road N. and Quinaby Road N. Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said Officer Stephen Richardson was riding westbound on Quinaby with K-9 partner Axel in a department-issued 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe when he stopped at the intersection with River Road N.

While he was waiting for traffic to pass, a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer attempted to turn eastbound onto Quinaby in front of a 1997 Mazda Protege, Kuhns said. The two vehicles collided and the Protege subsequently hit the police vehicle.

The Mazda’s driver was transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation and treatment; police believe those are non-life threatening. The crash closed River Road N. between Perkins Road NE and Quartz Avenue N. for about 45 minutes. Paramedics from Marion County Fire District No. 1 responded.

Neither the officer nor his four-legged companion were injured. Richardson has been with the department for five years. He was returning from a memorial service for Marion County Sheriff’s Senior Deputy Tyler Chapman, who was killed in a crash while riding his motorcycle off-duty.

No citations have been issued in the crash. Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Sgt. David LeDay at 503-390-3713 ext. 3482.