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ANKENY, Iowa -- An Ankeny police officer and the driver of another vehicle were injured in a crash Wednesday morning.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says Ankeny Police Officer Jeffrey Davis, 34, was responding to a call and turned on the patrol car's lights and sirens while driving north through the intersection at S. Ankeny Blvd. and 3rd Street around 8:15 a.m.

A pickup truck, driven by 61-year-old Peter Roeder, was turning north onto S. Ankeny Blvd. from 3rd Street collided with the officer’s vehicle. Both the officer and the driver of the truck have been transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. Their names have not been released.

Ludwig said authorities are still investigating what exactly happened and which driver had a green light. State Patrol is looking at surveillance footage from nearby businesses and examining the information from the officer's car.

"If the driver of the pickup has a green light, you still ask drivers to look before they go into an intersection," Ludwig added. "But if they have a green light you’re going to go, if you have lights and sirens going, you should be able to hear that. But as law enforcement, you need to proceed through an intersection with caution whether it's a red light or a green light because you don't know that people don't see you even if you have lights and sirens going."

A portion of Highway 69 was temporarily closed because of the crash. City officials say the highway, also known as S. Ankeny Blvd., was closed between 1st Street and SE Peterson Drive.

A witness can recall what the incident sounded like.

"I just heard sirens first, then I heard like a loud screeching -- the tire screeching noise -- and knew there was probably an accident," said witness Wendy Moeckly of nearby Ankeny Tire and Battery. "Then I heard some loud bangs and a crash so we ran out of the shop and we saw the police car on the corner and the white truck was across the parking lot next to a tree."

Roeder was transported to Methodist Medical Center. Officer Davis was taken to Mercy Medical Center with a minor, lower leg injury.

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