Squad car hit while responding to call

By Maggie Hockenberry

Published 07/24 2014 10:26AM

Updated 07/24 2014 05:09PM

Latest: 4:56 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- A police officer was hit while on duty, but didn't even let the accident stop him from doing his job. It happened at the intersection of Mattis and Bloomington, Thursday morning. WCIA-3's Maggie Hockenberry has more.

The officer jumped into action, just seconds after being hit. Officer Tim Atteberry was on his way to a call with his lights and sirens on when a woman driving a black pickup truck hit his squad car on the passenger side.

Witnesses helped the officer get out of his car, then he jumped into action by assisting the woman in the truck and directing traffic until more officers arrived.

"I would not call that 'above and beyond' for Officer Atteberry. For twenty-some years, this is what he's done here. He sets the example for us all."

Both the driver and Officer Atteberry went to the hospital with minor injuries. They were later released.

Police remind drivers to yield to emergency vehicles by pulling over to the right side of the road if possible.
Update: 3:47 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- The names of the officer and driver involved in an accident this morning have been released. Officer Tim Atteberry and Kelsey Baker, 20, of Mansfield, were treated at the hospital after the incident at Bloomington and Mattis, Thursday morning.

Officer Atteberry was traveling north on Mattis, responding to a call with lights and sirens on. He was broadsided by a truck driven by Baker. Baker's lane of traffic had a green light, but she failed to stop for the emergency vehicle. Neither was seriously injured. So far, no tickets have been issued.
Original: 10:26 am
CHAMPAIGN -- A squad car was hit while an officer was responding to a call. It happened about 9:30 am, Thursday, at the intersection of Mattis and Bloomington. Authorities say the officer was driving north on Mattis with lights and siren on when a woman in a pickup truck hit the passenger side of the squad car.

After the accident, the officer got out of his squad car to help the other driver before both were taken to the hospital. Both are expected to be okay. Part of Mattis was blocked while crews cleaned the area. It's open to traffic again.

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