Metro-East News

Swansea police officer recovering after traffic crash

A Swansea police officer is recovering from a crash on Saturday night.

The officer was driving his marked squad car, a 2013 Ford Interceptor, about 10:50 on Saturday on Frank Scott Parkway near Smelting Works Road when a 2003 white Ford Explorer turning out of Winchester Place Apartments turned and struck the squad car in the driver’s side door, Illinois State Trooper Calvin Dye, Jr. said.

The squad car spun into the westbound lanes of Frank Scott Parkway, Dye said. The Explorer spun into the eastbound lanes. The Swansea police officer exited the vehicle through the driver’s window. He contacted his dispatcher and asked for two ambulances to be sent to the scene.

The 19-year-old female driver of the Explorer and her passenger, a 23-year-old from East St. Louis, were not injured, Dye said.

The Swansea officer was not traveling to a call at the time of the accident and was traveling slower than the 45 mph speed limit, Dye said, He was taken to a Belleville area hospital where he was treated.

The officer’s condition was not immediately known. Swansea Police Chief Steve Johnson said the officer, who he declined to identified, is still off work. The date of his return is not yet known, Johnson said.

The Explorer driver is expected to be cited for failure to yield, Dye said.