ELBURN – An Elburn police officer was hurt Monday when, while trying to direct traffic after a collision, his right hand was clipped, apparently by the side-view mirror of a passing car. Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said the officer was treated at Delnor Hospital and released.
Smith said the officer suffered “soft-tissue injury.” Smith said there were no broken bones, but the officer would have his arm in a sling. Smith declined to name the officer.
The incident took place at 6:10 p.m. near the intersection of Route 47 and Keslinger Road, Smith said. The officer was responding to a collision in which one car rear-ended another north of Keslinger at 5:36 p.m. Monday.
“A tow truck was removing a vehicle,” Smith said. “The officer was directing traffic, and a driver didn’t see him and struck his right hand, presumably with the mirror of the car.”
Benjamin Tennant, 20, of the 48W000 block of Route 38 in Maple Park, was driving north in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire when his mirror hit the right hand and arm of the officer, Kane County sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said. Tennant was cited for failing to safely operate his vehicle while approaching an emergency vehicle. Gengler said it can be difficult to see in such situations.
“Especially when you get out further west, there’s not as much street lighting,” Gengler said. “Sometimes all there is is the squad car lights and some sort of flashlight. ... We always encourage people to really proceed with caution.”
Smith said there were several fire engines and a tow truck at the scene of the collision.
“I’m sure there were distractions,” he said.