CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Chicago Police officers were injured in a crash when a squad car swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into a pole on the Northwest Side early Friday.

The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. as the squad car was traveling east on Foster Avenue.

The driver of another vehicle that was northbound on Meade either didn’t yield to the stop sign or didn’t see traffic moving on Foster. That car pulled out in front of the squad car, according to a Jefferson Park District police sergeant.

To avoid a collision, the squad car had to “jump the curb,’’ but in the process hit a light pole on its passenger-side, according to the sergeant. The two vehicles did not make contact.

Two male police officers were injured. The driver suffered bumps and bruises, and the passenger broke his wrist and ankle.

Both were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after the fire department cut them out of the squad car, which was “totaled,’’the sergeant said.

The vehicle that caused the crash fled.

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