Cops hustling to call of person shot collide with dump truck, causing diesel fuel leak in Humboldt Park

Two police officers on the way to a call of a person shot were injured when they collided with a dump truck in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Ambulances were called to the intersection of California and Chicago avenues about 12:30 p.m. for the crash, according to Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Curtis Hudson.


Hudson and Officer Jose Jara, a spokesman for the Chicago police, said two Harrison District patrol officers in a sport utility vehicle were injured and taken to Stroger Hospital with serious head injuries.

The front end of the SUV was mangled, and the collision punctured the dump truck’s diesel fuel tank, prompting fire officials to call a Level I Hazmat, which brings multiple Fire Department rigs to the scene, Hudson said.


The officers, 24 and 25, have both stabilized, said Jara, speaking from Stroger Hospital. One officer was in the probationary period.

The 23-year-old trucker was also taken to Stroger and has stabilized.

Police pod cameras in the area showed the truck driver did not yield to the police vehicle while it drove with lights and sirens, Jara said.

The driver will be cited for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and for not having a driver’s license, Jara said.

The officers were on their way to investigate a man shot in the thigh at Harding and Chicago avenues. At least 22 people were injured in shootings overnight.

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