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Dubuque crash witness good Samaritan

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - The police car had lights and sirens on as it sped to a call last night when it slammed into an SUV at the intersection of Locust and Loras.

The SUV flipped and the three people inside, along with two Dubuque Police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

One witness saw it all happen and ran to help. "I was about a half a block away," said Anson Niesman who was on the phone when he heard police sirens.

"I turned around to see where they were going and about that time the SUV ran a red light and got broad sided," he said.

Immediately he hung up and went to the scene.  "I heard a kid crying in the SUV which was upside-down by the light pole.  I ran over there and peaked in the....so I got in and got the baby out," Niesman said.

Then he helped get the women out of the car and tried to calm her down.  But you won't hear him calling himself a hero. In fact if you ask him about it he'll say, "It's not a hero it's being a good neighbor; playing your part in your city."

Locust Street and Loras Boulevard is arguably one of the busiest intersections in Dubuque.  Which is why now, more than ever, it's important to be 100-percent focused when driving down these streets.

"Driving and traffic in general.  You really should be giving the driving function your full attention.  Not be doing things that are going to distract and take away from the task at hand," said Assistant Police Chief Terry Tobin.

That's especially true when emergency vehicles are driving by. Niesman agreed, "The only people that should be in a hurry in this town are emergency vehicles."

It's a lesson from a bad crash that could have been a lot worse.

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash and says charges are pending.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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