Two injured after woman crashes into Carbondale squad car


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Illinois State Police troopers gather notes on the scene of a two vehicle collision Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Mill Street in Carbondale. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Staff report

Two were injured Monday afternoon after a crash involving a civilian vehicle and a Carbondale police squad car on Illinois Avenue and Mill Street. 

A 29-year-old male Carbondale police officer was on duty at Mill Street and University Avenue when he received a radio call indicating another officer needed assistance, according to preliminary reports by state police.

The officer stopped at the red light going eastbound on Mill, turned on his emergency lights and siren, then proceeded eastbound into the intersection after he observed that southbound traffic on University avenue was clear.


The officer continued traveling eastbound through the intersection approaching Illinois avenue.

Kenwanna Randolph, a 24-year-old woman from Chicago, was traveling northbound on Illinois Avenue approaching Mill Street when she reported not seeing the officer’s emergency lights or hearing the siren. 

The front of Randolph’s Ford Fiesta struck the passenger side of the police car, causing major damage to both vehicles, police said. 

Both drivers were transported to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale with minor injuries.

Randolph was cited for failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle.

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