KC police vehicle hits SUV while responding to call; officer and driver injured

A Kansas City police officer and a 78-year-old man were injured after their vehicles collided Wednesday at the intersection of 29th Street and Michigan Avenue.

The crash happened just before 12:30 p.m. while the officer was responding to a call in a police vehicle with lights and sirens turned on, police said.

The police officer was headed east. As the police vehicle crossed the intersection under a red traffic signal, it collided with a northbound Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 78-year-old man, police said.

Both the officer and the driver of the SUV were taken to hospitals.

The officer had minor injuries. The SUV driver’s injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

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Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.