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Six killed in accident near Columbus

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Police Cruiser running hot crashes into car in Upper Arlington

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio - Police  into a crash involving a car and an Upper Arlignton Police cruiser killing 6.   
Officials say the officer,responding to a robbery call   was running with his lights and sirens on,  when he crashed into the car.  
Perry Township police Chief Robert Oppenheimer said dash-cam footage shows the officer had a green light that had just turned yellow when he entered the intersection 
All six people in the car -- a father, mother and four children -- died. 
The driver of the car had a red light and was stopped in the intersection when the Upper Arlington police cruiser hit the car.  Police said none of the passengers in the car were wearing seatbelts and officers did not see a child seat inside the vehicle.  
Officers said the Police Officer involved in the accident was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital with minor injuries.
A social worker says six members of the family that were killed were Iraqi refugees who were driving home from holiday visits with family and friends at the time of the accident.
   Majeda Mohammad works for Community Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbus. He says 39-year-old Eid Badi Shahad and his family had come from Basra, Iraq, to Ohio about three years ago.  Shahad, his wife and their four daughters were killed in the wreck. Mohammad said Friday that Shahad's mother and his four sons were home at the time of the accident.  Mohammad says the family had been out making visits as part of a Muslim holiday.

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