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2 CPD officers among three injured in Austin crash

The crash caused a police vehicle to strike a light pole in the 400 block of North Central Avenue, injuring the officers.

Chicago police officers were involved in a crash in Austin
An unmarked squad car was involved in a crash in the 400 block of North Central Avenue, July 7, 2019, in Austin
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Three people, including two Chicago police officers, were injured Sunday in a traffic crash in Austin on the West Side.

About 12:40 a.m., the officers were southbound in an unmarked SUV in the 400 block of Central Avenue responding to a call with their “emergency equipment engaged,” Chicago police said. They were struck by a 26-year-old man in a Chrysler sedan westbound on Race Avenue.

The Chrysler hit the SUV at the intersection, causing the police vehicle to strike a light pole, police said. Both officers were taken to Stroger Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Their conditions were stabilized.

The driver of the Chrysler was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, and the driver will be issued a citation, police said.