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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City police officer is recovering after a head-on collision with a pickup truck Thursday morning.

Authorities said the officer is expected to recover but got "pretty banged up" in the accident.

He was taken to the hospital with a head wound.

The driver of the truck said his back hurt but walked away from the crash.

Now the question is, what caused the wreck near N.W. 36th St. and N. I-44 Service Rd.?

The truck driver, whose name has not been confirmed, said he was heading north on the I-44 Service Rd., the officer was driving east on N.W. 36th St. and that is where they collided.

Charlene Faires was running early morning errands in her pajamas
when the accident played out in front of her.

"It was like my life flashed before my eyes," Faires said. "They hit, impacted so hard I thought both cars were going to flip."

Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said, "I did hear this officer call for help and it is always something, I'm still an officer as well, and to hear something like that, it's troubling to hear anyone involved in an accident, especially one of our officers."

Traffic investigators are still piecing together what happened.

Sgt. Wardlow said the Oklahoma City police car in the wreck is a brand new vehicle at the department.

Officials said compared to their older models, the new cars have side curtain airbags and newer technology to help protect the officers.