APPLE VALLEY -- Deputies in Apple Valley responded to an auto accident between a school police officer and a regular citizen. 

An unnamed Apple Valley School Police Officer was traveling on Highway 18 at an unannounced speed, however, the sheriff's department says that the officer was "Code 3" which means the school police officer was responding to an emergency that was deemed an immediate danger to another officer or public safety. A Code 3 requires authorities to provide an expedited priority response.  

The department says that the officer approached the intersection of Flathead Road and Highway 18 with lights and sirens fully blaring. Another vehicle, identified as a Honda CRV, was traveling on Flathead Road and drove into the intersection at the same time.

The department says that the school police officer attempted to avoid the CRV but hit the back end, eventually hitting a utility pole. The air bags deployed inside the patrol unit and the front end was smashed. The sheriff's department says the school police officer did not get hurt badly but was injured. He was transported to a nearby hospital.

Apple Valley Unified School District officials on Wednesday, gave HDdailynews.com an update on the condition of the officer and say that they are "receiving care [and are] thankful for the outpouring support from the community." 

The other driver had complained of pain, but no information was available about their condition at the time of the accident.