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A Decatur police squad vehicle and a pickup truck were involved in a crash at North 22nd and East Eldorado Street on Monday.

DECATUR — Police on Tuesday said a 41-year-old man was cited in a two-vehicle crash at North 22nd Street and U.S. 36 that injured a 32-year-old Decatur police officer Monday evening. 

Lt. Shannon Seal said the crash happened at 6:25 p.m. The police SUV, which had two officers inside, was traveling south on 22nd while the man's 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was westbound on U.S. 36, she said. 

Seal said that as the police vehicle attempted to cross the intersection with a green light, the pickup truck ran a red light and collided with the officers. A 56-year-old man witnessed the crash and confirmed what happened to police, she said. 

Decatur fire Capt. Mike Emmerd said Monday that the injured female officer was taken to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital to be treated for injuries not considered serious.

Seal said the officer was a passenger in the police vehicle and is expected to make a full recovery. She said the officer was released from the hospital Monday night and was recovering at home Tuesday.

The 26-year-old male officer who was driving the police SUV suffered a few burns from the airbag deployment in the crash but was not treated at a hospital, Seal said. Emmert said the driver of the pickup truck also refused treatment at the scene.

Seal said the pickup truck driver admitted to using his cellphone before the crash. He was cited for improper use of an electronic communication device while driving, disobeying a traffic signal and driving without a valid driver's license, she said. 


This map shows North 22nd Street and U.S. 36.

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