The Northwest Herald has just (11:51AM) published online a story about a traffic crash yesterday that involved a Woodstock police car and two other vehicles at Route 47 and Lake Street (sic). The reporter probably meant Lake Avenue - the signalized intersection near 3 Brothers Restaurant and Days Inn. (There is no intersection in Woodstock of Route 47 and Lake "Street".)
The crash was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff's Department, and the news story references a press release by the Sheriff's Department. So far, no press release is posted on the sheriff's website at http://www.mchenrysheriff.org/
According to the newspaper article, "The squad car was headed westbound on Lake Street while responding to a call for service about 3:09 p.m. when it was struck by a 2003 Ford Windstar that was southbound on Route 47. The squad car was subsequently pushed into a stopped 2000 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was facing east on Lake Street, causing minor damage.
"Witnesses at the scene confirmed that the Woodstock police officer was using emergency lights and siren at the time of the incident."
The driver of the Ford Windstar, Tara L. Madigan, 31, of Woodstock, was ticketed for failing to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle.
It will be interesting to learn to what type of call the officer was responding and which driver had a red light. The paper failed to report these important facts.
If a driver of an authorized emergency vehicles proceeds against (through) a traffic signal (red light or stop sign), he must do so only in a safe manner and in such a manner as to avoid an accident. So, did Ms. Madigan run a red light and get hit by the squad car? The paper does not report that she was ticketed for running a red light.
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