Dane Co. deputy hospitalized after 2-car crash, US 12 lanes open
A deputy with the Dane County Sheriff's Office was taken to the hospital after her squad car was flipped onto its roof and she was trapped inside Friday.
Several lanes on U.S. Highway 12 at County K were closed from 5:09 p.m. to 6:51 p.m., according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. All lanes are now open.
In a release, Wisconsin State Patrol said that the deputy was driving north on US 12 and entered the intersection with County K, when another car smashed into the squad car from the opposite direction. The impact forced the squad car onto its roof.
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney confirmed to NBC15 that the deputy was responding to a serious ATV crash, and had activated her vehicle lights and sirens. When she crossed the intersection, she was t-boned, according to Sheriff Mahoney.
"Every time an incident occurs that involves potential injury to one of our deputies or one of our members, it's just a gut punch," Sheriff Mahoney said.
Mahoney says that the female deputy, whose name is not being released now, was taken to the hospital. "My role tonight is to make sure our deputy gets the resources she needs to be safe and to return to her family first and foremost and to work when she can," he said.
The driver of the other car was injured in the crash but not taken to the hospital.
First responders had to use Jaws of Life to get into the squad car and pull the deputy out, authorities say.
State Patrol says both the deputy and the driver had their seat belts on, and airbags deployed in both vehicles. Mahoney said the combination of the deputy wearing her seatbelt and bulletproof vest saved the deputy.
Middleton fire and EMS responded to the incident just before 5 p.m. Friday.
State Patrol is now investigating the crash. Sheriff Mahoney is not involved in the investigation and did not comment on who was at fault. He said that law enforcement officers can violate speed and intersection control when their lights and siren are on, which was the case with the deputy. However, they need to do so "with due regard," or cautiously.