Drivers hurt when police car, pickup collide in Champaign

Drivers hurt when police car, pickup collide in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The drivers of a Champaign police car and a pickup truck were both taken to area hospitals following a Thursday morning intersection collision in northwest Champaign.

A release from Champaign police said about 9:35 a.m. Kelsey Baker, 20, of Mansfield, was driving a pickup truck west on Bloomington Road when it collided with a squad car as the squad approached the intersection at Mattis Avenue.

Officer Tim Atteberry was responding to a call and had his squad car lights and siren activated.

Preliminary information was that Atteberry got out to help Baker.

Both were taken to local hospitals, police said. Carle officials said Baker was treated and released. Atteberry was also reported to have been treated and released.

No tickets have been issued.

The police department reminds motorists that they must yield to emergency vehicles that are using sirens and flashing lights by getting over to the right-hand side of the road and stopping until the emergency vehicle has passed.

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