Danville squad car involved in collision
DANVILLE — The Vermilion County sheriff's department is handling the investigation into a two-vehicle accident Monday night involving a Danville police squad car, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.
The accident happened at 8 p.m. Monday when a private vehicle attempted to cross North Vermilion Street from east to west at Roselawn Avenue and collided with a Danville squad car that was southbound on Vermilion Street in the inside lane, according to Thomason.
The squad car swerved toward the outside lane in an attempt to avoid the accident, Thomason said. The collision caused the squad car to go airborne, he said, and flip at least once, but it came to rest on its wheels on the west side of North Vermilion Street on the sidewalk.
The police officer, who was wearing his seat belt, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured, except for a bump on the head and some soreness, Thomason said. The driver and passengers in the other vehicle were also not injured. He said police officers are exempt from the state's seat belt law, but the department does require officers to wear them anyway.
The squad car suffered significant damage in the rollover and likely is totaled, Thomason said, while the private vehicle suffered damage to the front-right corner.
Thomason said it will be determined in the investigation whether the police officer was responding to a call when the accident occurred. He said it's standard procedure for an investigation to be done in an accident, involving this much damage to a squad car.