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Cherry Hill police officer injured in Route 70 crash

A Cherry Hill police officer suffered minor injuries in a crash early Saturday when a vehicle driving the wrong way on New Jersey Route 70 collided head-on with the police car.

About 1:38 a.m., the driver of a green 1998 Chevy Malibu traveling east in the westbound lanes of Route 70, near the Wawa convenience store by Kingston Drive, smashed into a police car traveling west on Route 70, police said in a statement.

The police car had been traveling behind another westbound vehicle, and did not initially see the wrong-way driver. When the car in front of it swerved to avoid the wrong-way driver, the police officer had no way to avoid the Malibu and they collided head-on, police said.

Both drivers were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, where they were treated and released, police said. The female driver of the Malibu was issued motor-vehicle citations and was charged with driving while being intoxicated, police said. Additional charges are pending.