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Dubuque crash reminds drivers to yield


by Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A two vehicle crash in Dubuque sent five people to the hospital last night when a police car smashed into an SUV as it was on its way to a call. It's raising awareness about emergency vehicles and safety on the road.

The accident happened down the street from our station. Now it is still under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol Thursday.  The Dubuque Police Department says two officers were responding to a call, with their emergency lights on.

The squad car collided with a jeep. It flipped upside down and the police car pushed onto the corner side walk.

While we don't know who was at fault...this crash is a reminder to watch for emergency vehicles on the road and give them the right of way. Iowa law requires that you move to the right as quickly as possible.  "Of course if that's not possible, if you have to move over to a four lane road, a left lane, just something that will give the right of way to that emergency vehicle," said Assistant Police Chief Terry Tobin.

Iowa law also requires that you switch lanes and slow down when passing emergency vehicles parked on the side of the road. 

All five people involved in the crash were treated for minor injuries and released; certainly a reminder for all of us to pay attention to the road when we're driving.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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