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Pickup Plows Into Squad Car, Bus Collides With Two Cars in Morning Crashes

By DNAinfo Staff on April 14, 2013 9:09am

  Crashes across the city sent at least 16 people to area hospitals.
Crashes across the city sent at least 16 people to area hospitals.
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CHICAGO — At least 16 people were sent to area hospitals in nonfatal crashes that occurred across the city Sunday morning.

A pickup truck driver crashed head-on into a parked squad car in the 1300 block of North Clark Street in Old Town about 3:35 a.m., injuring two officers and another person sitting inside, police said.

The crash occurred while the officers were taking a report from someone sitting in the back seat of the car, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

One officer and the person in the back seat were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Mirabelli said. The other officer was sent to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Though they were sent to the hospital with serious-to-critical injuries based on information from the Chicago Fire Department, Mirabelli said the officers are in "stable" condition and the other person injured had nonlife-threatening injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not sent to a hospital and was arrested at the scene, Mirabelli said.

In another crash, a No. 66 CTA bus crashed into two other vehicles at Chicago Avenue and Pulaski Road in Humboldt Park about 5:30 a.m.

Eight people were sent to area hospitals in fair-to-serious conditions, according to fire officials.

About 10 minutes later, a crash near Archer and Kedzie avenues in Brighton Park sent five people to area hospitals, fire officials said. Four of those injuries were serious-to-critical.