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Chicago Police officer ‘conscious and alert’ after crash with garbage truck

Updated: June 26, 2013 9:30AM

A Chicago Police officer was conscious and talking after emergency crews cut him out of a South Side wreck involving a squad car and a garbage truck Tuesday night.

The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. near 43rd and Ashland, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said, citing preliminary information.

The police officer was driving a Ford Crown Victoria police sedan, “fortunately equipped with side airbags,” Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.

Emergency crews had to cut the officer out of the wreckage, but he was conscious and alert, Langford said. He was being treated at Stroger Hospital for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

The squad car and a garbage truck collided, but details on how the crash happened were not yet known, authorities said.

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