2 CPD officers among 3 injured in Greater Grand Crossing crash involving CPD SUV

ByTre Ward and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Saturday, September 17, 2022
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A Chicago police SUV was involved in a serious multi-vehicle crash near 75th Street and St. Lawrence in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three people, including two Chicago police officers, were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash involving a police SUV on the city's South Side Friday afternoon.

The officers, who were responding to a service call, ended up needing help themselves.

"It was mayhem all over here," said Pamela White, who witnessed the crash.

Chopper7 was over the scene on 75th Street near St. Lawrence in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood around 5 p.m.

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This South Side intersection was left covered with debris, with car parts torn away and a mangled light post that was sent flying through the window of a nearby restaurant.

Chicago police said a Cadillac was turning eastbound on 75th Street from northbound St. Lawrence when it struck a marked CPD squad car that was responding to a call for service in the area around 4:45 p.m.

"Everybody ran out of the lounge. We were here enjoying ourselves. And, the police came up. I was dialing 911," White said.

The CPD squad car struck a fixed light post and the side of a building, police said. The Cadillac struck a parked, occupied Mazda that was parked on 75th Street.

"The thing crashed into there and they were screaming in the car, and that's when I just start seeing ambulances," said Latoya Willis, who also witnessed the crash.

Many witnesses rushed in to help.

"We had to pull her door open and pull her out the car. And we had to help her to the ground," Willis added.

Two Chicago police officers and a woman were taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

No pedestrians were struck or injured, police said.

Their lives spared as some in the area say it could've been avoided.

"The police need to be more careful, and stop going so fast," Willis said.

Despite those sentiments we heard from some people, police said the driver of the Cadillac was cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.