UPDATED: 11/28/2012 5:07 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Three Chicago police officers were seriously injured in an accident on the South Side on Wednesday. All three officers were in stable condition Wednesday evening.
Officer Brian McVey has fractured hip and injury to foot, and wrist; Officer Jameka Sherrod, the driver, was a little banged up and will be released in a few hours; and Officer Dwayne McGee has internal bleeding. McVey and Sherrod were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, McGee was being treated at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
“The officer with the hip is in an awful lot of pain. He’s complaining of his wrist, his foot; and his hip is likely fractured. He is getting X-rayed as we speak. He’s in good spirits,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said after visiting Sherrod and McVey at Northwestern. He also visited McGee at Stroger.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel also visited the injured officers Wednesday afternoon.
The officers were hurt when a squad car collided with another vehicle while responding to a call near 70th Street and Stony Island.
The three officers – gang enforcement unit officers in the 3rd District – were in an unmarked squad car, responding to reports of shots fired after a robbery, and had their lights and sirens activated at the time of the crash.
Police said a car pulled out into the intersection in front of the officers’ vehicle, and Sherrod swerved to miss the car, but struck a number of light poles.
A witness said rescuers had to cut open the squad car to get police officers out.
None of the injuries is life threatening, and all three officers were alert when they were brought to the hospital.
Police said they wanted to talk to the driver of the car that pulled out into the intersection. McCarthy said that person left the scene at a high rate of speed.