An Evanston police officer was struck by a truck near the intersection of Emerson Street and Dodge Avenue about 9:40 this morning.

The officer has been taken to Evanston Hospital and traffic at the intersection is blocked off while police investigate the incident.

Update 11:15 a.m.: Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says traffic signals were out at the intersection and the officer was opening stop signs to provide traffic control there, when — as she crossed the street on foot — a construction truck whose driver apparently didn’t see her struck her.

The officer ended up pinned under the front axle of the truck, but Bobkiewicz says she apparently didn’t suffer any major injuries, although she’s being held at Evanston Hospital for further tests.

Bobkiewicz says the intersection of Emerson and Dodge is likely to remain closed to traffic for another couple of hours while police conduct a full investigation of the accident.

Update 11:17 a.m.: Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the officer, who’s been on the Evanston police force for 19 years, was crossing northbound from the southwest corner of the intersection when she was struck by the eastbound dump truck. He says she’s listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Surprising not another accident by careless cars
    At Lincoln and Ridge despite the police cars within 1/2 to 1 block, three cars and a football shuttle bus still went through the intersection. Finally one police car stopped in the intersection to prevent an accident. Since there were at least four police cars, I wish one or two would have gone after and ticketed those drivers, but the police were probably more concerned with their fellow officer.
    It is amazing how many drivers will go through intersection when police/fire/ambulances are in clear sight and sounding their sirens. I’ve even seen them blocking them from proceeding.

    1. New rules?

      I've seen it happen many times.  I think those that feel the documented laws or common courtesy does not apply to them, either because they are not aware of the rule or just dont care.  I have also noticed many cars (even police cars) driving at dusk, fog and/or dark days, without head lights on.  Is this a new rule that does not apply to Evanston, or is it actually a rule.   Headlights on sure make a difference when a car is speeding.

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