One driver critically injured after being struck by a Stephenson County Sheriff’s squad car

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — A Stephenson County Sheriff’s squad car was involved in a 3-car accident Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Street and West Avenue (IL 26).

Illinois State Police say a Stephenson County squad car was traveling northbound on West Avenue with its emergency lights on when it crashed onto a white Chevrolet Impala traveling eastbound on South Street for ‘unknown reasons.’

As a result, the two vehicles struck a third, the NAPA Auto Parts vehicle.

Authorities tell us the driver of the Impala suffered life-threatening injuries. The officer driving the squad car was also taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the NAPA Auto Parts car was not injured.

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