GRANITE CITY — A city police officer suffered a broken wrist Dec. 7 in a head-on crash with a teenage driver, police said Tuesday.
According to a press release from Det. Lt. Mike Nordstrom, at approximately 5:36 p.m., a patrol officer was traveling south on Madison Avenue near the intersection with 25th Street. The officer was on standard, non-emergency patrol when his squad car was hit head-on by a northbound Ford Expedition driven by a 17-year-old girl. It appears the driver of the Expedition was trying to turn left onto 25th Street when the vehicle entered the southbound lanes directly in front of the squad car.
The girl was transported to a local hospital to be treated for what appeared to be minor injuries. The officer was transported to a St. Louis area hospital, where he was treated for a broken wrist and other minor injuries. He is expected to be released from the hospital sometime today, pending a surgery on his wrist within the next couple of days. The accident was investigated by the Illinois State Police and the girl was issued a citation for improper lane usage.
There is no indication the girl was on her cellphone at the time of the crash.
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