Carbondale police officer, Chicago woman injured in crash

CARBONDALE, IL – The Illinois State Police says a Carbondale police officer and a Chicago man both had to be taken to a local hospital after a crash at the intersection of Mill Street and Illinois Avenue Monday afternoon.

The crash happened at 4:12 p.m. on Monday. ISP investigators say a 29-year-old Carbondale police officer was driving a squad car in response to a call indicating another officer needed assistance. He stopped at the red light eastbound on Mill Street. He then turned his overhead lights and siren on, checked that southbound traffic on University Avenue was clear, and drove through the intersection approaching Illinois Avenue.

State police say 24-year-old Kenwanna M. Randolph of Chicago, who was driving northbound on Illinois Avenue towards Mill Street, hit the passenger side of the police cruiser. The cruiser and the 2014 Ford Fiesta Randolph was driving sustained major damage in the wreck. Investigators say Randolph reported that she didn’t see the cruiser’s emergency lights or hear the siren.

The officer and Randolph were taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale by ambulance for injuries troopers say were minor. Randolph was cited for failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle. ISP has not released the name of the officer.

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