Driver in ICU, Critical Condition After Crash With Ankeny Officer

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ANKENY, Iowa -- Two men, including an Ankeny police officer, were injured Wednesday morning in an Ankeny crash.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says Ankeny Police Officer Jeffrey Davis, 34, was traveling northbound on Highway 69 in emergency status with his lights and sirens activated about 8:15 a.m.

Davis was approaching Southwest 3rd Street in his Ford Explorer when it broadsided a pickup truck that was heading westbound on Southwest 3rd Street. Both vehicles came to a rest west of Highway 69.

Davis was transported to Mercy Medical Center with a minor, lower leg injury. He has since been released.

The driver of the pickup, 61-year-old Peter Roeder, was transported to Methodist Medical Center. His brother, Paul, tells Channel 13's Mike DaSilva that Peter is in critical condition in the intensive care unit as of Wednesday night.crash 2

Ludwig said authorities are still investigating what exactly happened and which driver had a green light. The Iowa 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 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 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."

The Iowa State Patrol is still investigating the crash, saying it has not been determined which driver is at fault.

Check back for updates.